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Principal Irini Margetis is still in shock two weeks after a group of 15 representatives of Chapters/Indigo burst into her office with a cheque for $48,000 - making St. Monica Elementary School in N.D.G. one of 20 schools across Canada to be awarded the “Love of Reading” grant.

Established 11 years ago by Heather Reisman, the C.E.O and Founder of Chapters/Indigo, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is committed to providing books for inner-city elementary schools.

In what was a pleasant turn of events, the team who applied for the grant: English Resource teacher Elena Bertoldi, science teacher Fernand Deschamps, Cycle 1 French teacher Nancy Coutu, librarian Mary Moroska were gathered with their principal on a conference call with a representative from the Love of Reading Foundation.

A few weeks in advance of the call, the school was made aware via e-mail that they were amongst a group of 40 finalists and a winner will be determined in the near future. Unbeknownst to them, representatives from Chapters/Indigo stores in Montreal were waiting outside the door with balloons, cakes, juice and a cheque.  As the call was winding down, the interviewer announced that the school had won, at which the office door opened and the celebrations begun.

“This was such an amazing surprise,” said Principal Irini Margetis. “We are so excited to use this grant to improve our library and provide our students with many more resources and opportunities for learning. We are so grateful to Chapters/Indigo for selecting our school and giving our students this opportunity.”

Last June, Coronation Elementary School in Côte des Neiges was awarded a $60,000 grant from the Love of Reading Foundation.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213