|THE INDIGO LOVE OF READING FOUNDATION NAMES ST. DOROTHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A RECIPIENT OF THE 2017 LITERACY FUND GRANT|
MONTREAL, MAY 29, 2017- On May 25 three teachers and students from St. Dorothy Elementary School in St. Michel thought they were participating in a general informational conference call with the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation to discuss the state and need within their library. Little did they know that the Foundation was about to reveal that they were in fact a recipient of a $20,000 Literacy Fund grant to transform their school library.
St. Dorothy is one of 30 recipients to receive a 2017 Literacy Fund grant, part of a $1.5 million commitment given by the Foundation each year to high-needs elementary schools across Canada in an effort to bolster literacy and give all children equal access to books.
Over the past 13 years, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has committed more than $25 million in funding, helping more than 3,000 schools, and transforming the lives of over 900,000 Canadian children.
St. Dorothy School was thrilled to hear they would have the opportunity to transform their school library over the next three years. The school currently has 150 students with a library budget of $1750.00 which allows for $11.70 per student. The average age of books in St. Dorothy School’s library is approximately 7 years old, making them one of the many Canadian schools in dire need of new books.
Now, as a result of the Literacy Fund grant, St. Dorothy will be able to increase its library collection by 6 books per student for each of the three grant years, totaling 1400 new books.
“We’re honoured to be selected as one of the 30 recipients for this year’s Love of Reading grant and this support could not have come at a better time,” said Principal Sandra Léveillé. “Our students will benefit in so many ways from this major library transformation, and these books will be the tipping point for some of our students to fall in love with reading for life!” – Individual schools to personalize quote
Schools interested in applying for the 2018 Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grant can submit their application at www.loveofreading.org.
About the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation
Indigo Books & Music Inc. founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to address the underfunding of public elementary school libraries. To date it has committed over $25 million to more than 3,000 schools through its signature programs. This year, the Foundation is granting $1.5 million to 30 high-needs elementary schools so they can transform their libraries with the purchase of new books and education resources. To date the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s Literacy Fund has committed $19.5 million to more than 245 schools nationally. The Foundation’s annual grassroots Adopt a School program unites employees, customer, schools and their communities to raise funds and put even more books into the hands of children. Over the past seven years the program has raised over $3.7 million so 600,000 children have a book to call their own. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.loveofreading.org.
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