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Lessons All-round On Carnival Cruise

Even in this electronic age, books are valuable. Good books, that is. You read it, you pass it along, and somebody else reads it. The chain continues and with each passage of literature comes education…especially for kids, especially for kids who don’t have books.

Literacy is supported in many places. On Sunday, when the Carnival Valor returned to San Juan, it was lighter by 2,000 books. They’d been left behind in St. Croix by passengers, for the kids of the island.

This particular literacy project is the creation of an organization called Blue World Travel Agency. Every year, the agency promotes a one-week cruise called Festival At BoysandGirls-BVISea and passengers are asked to buy one book (at least) to donate to the designated “community service destination.”

This year, it was St. Croix. Every year, destinations are from the Caribbean, South Africa or Hawaii.

The Valor passengers booked by the agency bought more than 2,000 books. A group of children from the Boys and Girls Club of St. Croix accepted them on behalf of all the island’s kids. In each book the names, cities and states of each passenger was inscribed. That, too, was designed to educate the recipients.

School superintendent Gary Molloy explained it this way to Fiona Stokes, staff writer for the Virgin Island Daily News:

“This is certainly a great lesson in gratitude for our children to see that people that know nothing about them picked out these great books for them.”

Also a great lesson for the passengers, too, isn’t it?

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Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas
4 nights
September 8, 2014
Miami (return): NassauCocoCayKey West
Inside: $279
Cost per day: $49
www.royalcaribbean.com

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