Mary E. Pigott Primary School Wins Literacy Award for Antigua



Celebrate! Recognizing a steady four-year development that has resulted in a first-class lending library, the Mary E. Pigott Primary School has been awarded the 2017-2018 Hands Literacy Award for Antigua. The prize is USD $1,000 retail value in new books or literacy resources of the school’s choice.

Deputy Principal Anthea Anthony has been a leading light in the library’s progress, along with colleagues Ms. Teague, Mrs. Severin, and Ms. Thwaites, and together they worked with Lisa Tomlinson, the Hands Literacy Link for Antigua, to create the school’s first-ever lending library. Generous, multiyear funding for the project was supplied by the Scotiabank Community Program.

Mr. Roger Archer, Country Manager of Scotiabank Antigua, said “Scotiabank is proud to be empowering the youth of the region through this literacy partnership with Hands Across the Sea. There is no greater gift than the gift of education and so we are pleased to be championing this programme in 6 markets. The consistent and steady efforts of the team at the Mary E. Pigott Primary School embolden us to continue and we thank them for embracing the project with such passion.”

Mr. Archer added that the donation shows Scotiabank’s continued commitment to Antiguan youth and the community.

“At Hands Across the Sea our mission is to give every child on Antigua access to a lending library of new, exciting, age-appropriate and culturally relevant reading material,” says Harriet Linskey, Executive Director of Hands Across the Sea. “Thanks to Scotiabank’sCommunity Program, we have sent 1,176 brand new, top-quality books and six sets of metal bookshelves to Mary E. Pigott Primary School, and assisted with purchasing floor tiles, thinset, and grout for the library space. We also thank Principal Christopher Roberts, Deputy Principal Anthea Anthony, former principal Ms. Gayle Samuel, members of the community who volunteered their time and effort to the library, and Karen Brown-Francis of the Antigua Ministry of Education for being such wonderful partners in education.”

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