So that's me at Garapan Elementary School with school principal and fellow blogger Boni Pangelinan. Boni is accepting 35 copies of Our Northern Islands, donated to the school by Dennis Chan and me.
When I was a kid, the only images I saw from the Northern Islands came from stories my parents told and from a single picture in a single book on my mother's book shelf. When I was 16 I had the chance to go up there, but I was one of the lucky ones. I wanted more kids to know about the Northern Islands, because that would lead to more adults caring about the Northern Islands.
The Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument funded Dennis' trip to the Northern Islands with the intent that he would bring his experience back to Saipan to share with other people his age. Our Northern Islands is the result. It is taken straight from Dennis' journal and includes about 80 of my photographs.
All the proceeds from the book so far have been used to purchase books, all of which have been donated to public schools on Saipan. Now hundreds of kids know about the Northern Islands through Dennis' words and my photographs.
Sales of the book have slowed, so I decided to drop the price from $29.95 to $21.95. Also, I won't have the budget to buy more books for donations until we sell more books, but I will make books available at cost for anyone who wants to donate them to a school.