Sidetracked! Reading Road Trip, Turks & Caicos
Visiting local school children with children _________________________________________________________________________________________
side·track (sīd´trăk): n. 1. A diversion from the main course. 2. A detour taken with children that you would never, ever take without them. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Myself and two of my daughters, Zoe and Cora (6 and 5). I consider this a sidetracked adventure because the plan of the week was to relax and play, but this diversion was worth much more than that.
Beaches Resorts offer a brief Reading Road Trip to its guests for a nominal fee. You are invited to visit a local school, read to the kids and donate some new or gently used books to the school library.
I had the chance to give my kids the unique, enriching opportunity to visit a school in a different culture, connect with some of the local children, and do some good. Why not?
The High Point:
Seeing my 6 year old daughter read to the attentive, exceptionally polite kindergarten class we met was something I won’t soon forget. My 5 year old also volunteered to donate one of her princess books. I don’t know if you’ve ever been around a 5 year old girl obsessed with princesses, but that is truly sacrificial giving. The brief time we spent at the school was a heartwarming highlight of our week in the gorgeous Turks & Caicos.
The Low Point:
I understand that the once weekly tour is frequently cancelled because not enough people sign up.
The Kids’ Take:
‘‘It felt like we were having a birthday for them and they get books for presents!’’
The Bottom Line:
Rewarding, family friendly outings like this are something I will surely look for again when booking a trip. If there are any you have heard of or done, please let us know!