Graham and Kyle Ashby

Daily Point of Light # 4786 Jun 12, 2012

In March 2009 Graham and Kyle Ashby had the unique opportunity to visit the southern Caribbean island of Carriacou, in the nation of Grenada. While there, they visited a local school and immediately noticed the lack of a library. The discovered the literacy rate on the island was extremely low, with most kids leaving school after the sixth grade minimally literate to illiterate.

They formed an instant connection with the students they met in Carriacou, and formed Friends Through Books (www.friendsthroughbooks.com) to supply the much needed books. They contacted friends, classmates and local schools to donate their used books. They have worked tirelessly for the past three years to raise money.

In addition to attending school and serving on several clubs, sports and activities outside of their advanced curriculum, they have been working to raise money through petsitting, babysitting, errand running and lawn care. As co-founders of Friends through Books, they have been solely responsible for raising more than $20,000, delivering more than 15,000 new and gently used books and school supplies, placing a new septic system in a local school and providing eye surgery for a young boy who was unable to read due to severely crossed eyes.

Their compassion for strangers half way around the world and devotion to service is what makes them Daily Points of Light.

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