|CORONATION SCHOOL FIRST CANADIAN SCHOOL TO LAUNCH FIRST READ PROGRAM|
MONTREAL, OCTOBER 1, 2014 – Coronation Elementary School (4810 Van Horne) in Côte des Neiges is set to become the first elementary school in Canada to launch First Book Canada’s First Read Program on Thursday, October 2.
Beginning at 8 am, TD Bank and First Book, a charity that has distributed over 100 million books to inner city schools in Canada and the United States will be teaming up with local author Marie Louise Gay to hand out books to students from Kindergarten to Grade 2.
Born in Quebec City, Gay is the award-winning author of the Stella and Sam series of children’s books. Over the course of her career, she has earned multiple Governor General Awards as well as the 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award.
In addition to the new books, 30 employees from TD Bank will be on hand to read to the children as well.
In May, Coronation Elementary School was one of 20 schools across Canada to receive the “Love of Reading” grant from Chapters/Indigo. Chapters/Indigo CEO and Founder Heather Reisman and The Love of Reading Foundation donated $60,000 to the school. The school has already begun using the grant to purchase new books for the school’s library.
Michael J. Cohen