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Foundation helps Sandals guests become reading volunteers

Posted by Paul Kandarian  May 11, 2012 07:15 AM

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Ever go by a school in the Caribbean, see some cute kids and wonder if there was any way to maybe help them out in some way? Now you can.

The Sandals Foundation
, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts, is asking guests to lend a hand when they're on vacation through a "voluntourism" literacy program aimed at improving listening, reading and comprehension skills of local Caribbean children.

Available to all guests at Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts or Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, the "Reading Road Trip" program is a two-hour adventure that takes guests into the community to one of the foundation's participating adopted schools in Saint Lucia, Antigua, the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos or Jamaica, to engage small groups of kids in active reading strategies.

The cost is $20 per guest, which covers round-trip transportation and all supplies. Children ages eight to 12 can participate at no costs and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers are encouraged to bring along a favorite new or used book (in good shape) to donate to the library of the school they visit.

For information on the Sandals Foundation and its programs, visit www.sandalsfoundation.org

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