library donation

Project Promise founder Resa O’Reilly, with check, presents a donation to Lockhart Elementary School on St. Thomas.

The nonprofit Project Promise has donated $750 to the Lockhart School Elementary school’s library.

Project Promise founder and president Resa O’Reilly made the presentation, along with Project Promise Caterpillar student Vianca Medina, during a trip to St. Thomas last week. Medina has been on a book tour across the territory to promote her book “Dream a Dream.” Medina read to students in different schools..

“Project Promise remains committed to enhancing the quality of education for students in the territory and we are extremely thrilled to assist Lockhart Elementary School with providing additional resources for their students with our donation to their library,” said O’Reilly.

“This gift will help in the promoting of literacy amongst our future leaders as it provides our students equal access to resources and inspire a lifetime of learning,” said Lockhart School librarian Merle Vanterpool.

According to Vanterpool, the monies will be used to purchase magazine subscriptions for publications such as Highlights, Ranger Rick, Click and Sports Illustrated for Kids, which will encourage the students to visit the library more often. The funds will also be used to purchase robots, which teach hands-on coding skills, another tool to motivate students to visit the library.

Proceeds from the donation came from Project Promise’s 2018 Havana Nights fundraiser. After hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the territory in 2017, O’Reilly pledged to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to one school on St. Thomas and one school on St. Croix. Lew Muckle Elementary was selected as the St. Croix school.

During the St. Thomas trip, Medina also donated several books to all three Little Free Library locations on the island.