Principal of the Salybia Primary School Kathleen Jno-Lewis (left) with Andrea Hillyer - Political, Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy

On Tuesday August 2, 2011 the Salybia Primary School received a donation of reading books from the United States Embassy in Barbados.

Over the past three years, the U.S. Embassy has embarked on such a program throughout the Eastern Caribbean and has so far donated approximately 2,700 books regionally; hoping to reach a 3,000 benchmark soon.

In her short address to the students and staff; Andrea Hillyer – Political, Economic and Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy, said the U.S. Government emphasizes the importance of education not only to the development of individuals but to the uplifting of nations. She reiterated that education builds democracy and promotes freedom of expression. Thus her government’s continued support of educational endeavors through donations and scholarship programs.

Ms. Hillyer made mention of the Indigenous Scholarship program (Fulbright), from which a former teacher of the School recently benefited, as well as a Regional High School Essay Competition which a Kalinago student won.

The books donated are mainly about Native Americans and other indigenous tribes living in the United States. The staff and students warmly welcomed the donation and expressed their gratitude towards the gesture.