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Union members affiliated with the Puerto Rico Ports Maritime Council
offload in San Juan some of the 6,000 bilingual books from BookWaves
destined for students on the island.

Members of the Puerto Rico Ports Maritime Council offloaded earlier
this month more than 6,000 bilingual books destined for students
around the commonwealth.

The effort is part of BookWaves, a coalition of unions, U.S.-flag
shipping companies and non-profit organizations to donate more than
100,000 books dealing with science, technology, engineering and math
(STEM); social and emotional learning; and pleasure reading to
students in Puerto Rico, Alaska and Guam. The project launched in
October.

Working through MTD-affiliated American Federation of Teachers and
Seafarers International Union, this recent shipment was delivered by
Crowley Maritime from the U.S. mainland. (Union-contracted TOTE and
Matson also participate.)

The Asociacion de Maestros de Puerto Rico will handle distribution of
these books during March.