For the love of children and literacy

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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PROMOTING LITERACY: Matauuaina Toomalatai reading to the children.

PROMOTING LITERACY: Matauuaina Toomalatai reading to the children.

Miss American Samoa, Matauaina To’omalatai, was the special guest for the Samoa Stationery and Books Book Fair yesterday.

President of Miss American Samoa Inc., Simeafou Imo said the event was an ongoing partnership with S.S.S.A.B. Pago Inc.

“Owner of S.S.A.B. Inc, Fiti Leung Wai, was the sponsor for the former Miss American Samoa which is Antonina Lilomaiava,” said Ms. Imo.

“Lilomaiava’s project during the time was literacy and now that she had passed the crown we kept the partnership as Fiti wanted too, which is a good thing.”

“Literacy is a big thing and I give credit to her for wanting to keep it going because it’s not an easy thing and you can say a lot of things about it but it only takes somebody who has the heart for books to continue it.”

“That is why she has given American Samoa the opportunity because she also has a Pago S.S.A.B. Inc. and she wanted to keep the partnership just so we can continue literacy as well because it’s important.”

Simeafou Imo, Antonina Lilomaiava, Matauaina Toomalatai, Fiti Leung Wai with the children and Dora Tuiletufuga Malele
Simeafou Imo, Antonina Lilomaiava, Matauaina Toomalatai, Fiti Leung Wai with the children and Dora Tuiletufuga Malele

“We are very honored and pleased that we are able to travel from American Samoa to here just to keep this literacy going.”

“It starts from small and then it goes big but in terms of keeping something going and you have to have the heart for books.”

“As we all know the more we read the better we are educated and education comes in different ways of learning but I think the smartest people on earth are the people who read a lot.”

“Part of the reason the reigning Miss American Samoa is here is to read to the children and develop and start a book fair we are working on in American Samoa as well.”

“It takes a lot to be interested in something and I am happy that there are about 15 children here this morning (yesterday) that came here to listen to the Miss American Samoa reading to them.”

“I acknowledge Fiti for her heart to promote literacy and it doesn’t matter which country is being promoted in, as long as it continues for our future generation.”

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