LTG MDA/D Pat O'Reilly, Jamie Zvirzdin, and U.S. Ambassador to the Marshall Islands Tom Armbruster in front of the Wellness Center. September 2012.
Last month I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of three-star Lieutenant General Pat O'Reilly, and he brought up the possibility of starting a volunteer program for personnel on Kwajalein, where many people who work for the military wish to help the local Marshallese population but aren't quite sure how.
I suggested that personnel wishing to be Reading Volunteers could purchase the finished books from The Unbound Bookmaker Project from Amazon.com (the books are sold at-cost) and go read to a classroom of students, raffling off copies, teaching the students how to care for books (many of whom have never owned a book in their life), and showing the students how to create little 8-paged books out of a single sheet of paper. See these little books from the Majuro Cooperative School as examples.
The 20+ books from WorldTeach are scheduled to be available on Amazon.com starting March 2013, although readings of The Important Book about Majuro by various organizations like 4-H are being planned for January 2013.
If you'd like to participate in any of these activities, please contact Susannah Prenoveau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to all who have encouraged this volunteer program through their time, donations, and support.