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Promotion of Education

Kerosene Lamp Foundation is empowering at-risk youth to develop a passion for learning and become literate adults through various activities:

Read & Rise Program >
Adonal's All-Star Achievers >
KLF Canouan Laptop Fund >
Reading & Learning Centers >
Express Yourself Art & Essay Competitions >

Read & Rise Program

In 2012, KLF partnered with Scholastic Book Fairs to promote literacy by increasing students' access to books. Targeting 3 to 6 under-performing elementary schools in Central Florida over the course of 3 years, KLF & Scholastic will host book fair weeks at various under-performing elementary schools. During each book fair, kids will earn certificates with which to purchase books and start building their own library. In conjunction with the book fair, we will host family nights where students and their entire families are invited to participate in read-aloud sessions, make books together and have dinner. We will also hold special workshops to train parents in how to create a reading-friendly environment at home and help their child become a better reader.

2012 Read & Rise Book Fair
Our first event took place on April 24, 2012 at Grand Avenue Primary School in Orlando, FL, for over 400 kids (Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2) and their parents & siblings. Thanks to Glen "Big Baby" Davis Foundation and the Orange County Library System for joining us! The event included a Parent Literacy workshop to provide family members with tips and other resources to help them read with and for their children and a Klutz Build-a-Book activity that allowed families to create their own book to take home.

Last year our book fair allowed the school to add 397 new books to the school library. Those 397 books, when each read once, results in 71,460 reading minutes. Additionally, the fair allowed the children to receive 850 books for their home libraries, resulting in 144,000 reading minutes.

View photos from 2012 Book Fair >

2013 Read & Rise Book Fair
Details coming soon!
View photos from 2013 Book Fair >

Adonal's All-Star Achievers

In 2009, KLF launched our first program to encourage male out-of-school youths in St. Vincent to continue their education. The government already offers free continuing education classes at beautiful new Learning Resource Centers, and KLF is assisting the government with boosting their attendence rates by offering prizes for male youths who sign our learning contract to improve their reading skills. Prizes include cash incentives, NBA clothing and equipment, and learning aids.

July, 2009 - KLF held a party at the New Montrose Courts to kick off the program and sign up interested participants. The party featured KLF's own Adonal Foyle as guest of honor. During the event, Adonal made a passionate appeal to attendees to strive for self-improvement, especially in the area of education, and to not give up when faced with difficult work. He also judged basketball skills competitions and gave skills tips to attendees. At least 25 males signed up for the program during the party, and received a frisbee and bag for their effort.

August, 2012 - KLF honors 17 All Star Achievers >

For more information on the program or to sign up, please contact the Adult Education Unit or e-mail Shiyana Valentine at svalentine@kerosenelampfoundation.org.

KLF Laptop Fund

KLF has established a fund to annually reward the highest achieving graduating student at Canouan Government School that goes on to secondary school. Canouan is in particular need of this support as the island does not have a secondary school and children must move to another island in St. Vincent & the Grenadines or overseas in order to continue their education. It is no easy task for children to be uprooted from their families at the young age of 11 or 12 and sent to live in someone else's house, and there is a high incidence of children refusing to continue their schooling. Compounding this issue is the cost incurred by parents who have to struggle to find the means to pay for school supplies and boarding for their child. In the future we hope to extend this program beyond Canouan to other islands of St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

Laptop Recipients
2008 Roberto Stephens
2009 Dereice Derrick
2011 Aaron Sandy

Reading & Learning Centers

KLF has established its first Reading and Learning Center at Canouan Government School (CGS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. CGS is the only public school in Canouan, and thus was the best location to ensure access by all children on the island. The Center is equipped with a range of books along supplementary learning equipment including computers, a television, DVD player, and assorted educational flash cards and board games to supplement the children's formal academic experience.

Express Yourself Art & Essay Competitions

The objective of the Express Yourself Art & Essay Competition (EYC) is to motivate school-aged youth to develop and articulate opinions on issues of significance to their lives.

The first EYC was held in 2008 and entrants are asked to write on topics ranging from how the rules of basketball can be applied to life to how to help prevent the spread of HIV. Younger students were asked to use art to depict themselves making healthy lifestyle choice. Nine winners were selected ranging in age from five to fifteen years old, and prizes ranged from Dell laptop computers and a Leapfrog Learning computer to electronic dictionaries, books and reading flashcards.
Learn more and review winning entries.

Visit our photo gallery to see pictures of our literacy promotion activities.

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