One year ago, Parkdale Jr & Sr Public School in Toronto received an Indigo Love of Reading Foundation grant to transform their library and children's lives with new books.
Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Commits Another $1.5 Million to 20
High-Needs Canadian Schools with 2013 Grant Announcement
TORONTO, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is
proud to announce the 20 recipients of their 2013 Literacy Fund grant.
For the ninth consecutive year, the Love of Reading Foundation will
donate $1.5 million to 20 high-needs elementary schools, in an effort
to bolster literacy and transform school libraries across the country.
To date the fund has committed $13.5 million to 150 high-needs
elementary schools across Canada.
Library funding in Canadian elementary schools is in crisis, budgets are
as low as $2.81 per child- the equivalent of less than 1/3 of a book
per student each year. Yet, with only a one per cent increase in
literacy rates studies show we can add more than $18 billion to the
"It is thrilling to hear principals and teachers share with us how much
impact these grants have on their students. Every time we fill a
library, hundreds of kids get turned on to books and reading," said
Heather Reisman, Chair of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. "We
are grateful to our customers, our employees and our shareholders all
of whom help make our work at The Love of Reading Foundation possible"
Twenty schools from coast to coast will now be able to improve the
urgent literacy situation they face this year, including Ridgewood
Public School, who received a phone call this morning awarding them the
largest literacy fund grant among the 20 recipient schools. Ridgewood
PS will receive $181,000 over three years for their 719 students, which
spurred an overwhelming response of excitement from the school
principal, staff members and students. "We at Ridgewood are so excited
that our students will have access to new books thanks to the grant
from Love of Reading! This will have such a great impact on
their interest in reading and learning," said Balneet Singh, Principal
of Ridgewood Public School.
The 20 Love of Reading 2013 grant recipient schools include:
WE Kinvig Elementary, Surrey
Harwin Elementary School, Prince George
Moody Elementary School, Port Moody
Prince Edward Island:
Souris Consolidated School, Souris
Norwood Elementary School, Edmonton
Delton School, Edmonton
St. Augustine Fine Arts School, Calgary
Centennial School, Saint John
King George Community Public School, Prince Albert
Virginia Park Elementary, St. John's
Mulvey School, Winnipeg
David Livingstone Community School, Winnipeg
Victor Sammurtok School, Chesterfield Inlet
Ridgewood Public School, Mississauga
Graham Bell-Victoria Public School, Brantford
St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School, Niagara Falls
Nelson Mandela Park Public School, Toronto
General Crerar Public School, Toronto
Rose Avenue Public School, Toronto
Belle Anse School, Barachois
In addition to the 2013 Literacy Fund grants, Indigo has once again
partnered with First Book Canada, who work with publishers to supply
overstock books to schools in need. As part of this partnership, Indigo
and First Book Canada will provide three books per child to the 20
runner-up schools that applied for the Literacy Fund grant, a donation
of more than 15,000 books in total. This year books will be generously
donated from Penguin Canada, Hachette Book Group Canada and Kids Can
As part of its 2013 campaign, the Love of Reading Foundation is
challenging Canadians to test their understanding of the severe
literacy issue in the country. Take the quiz online at facebook.com/loveofreading under the quiz tab. Users are encouraged to spread the awareness with
friends to shed light on this important issue.
Schools interested in applying for the 2014 Indigo Love of Reading
Foundation Literacy Fund Grant can download an application at loveofreading.org. A new application will be available for download in the fall of 2013
with grant application deadlines in early February 2014.
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 schools, their libraries
and the resulting literacy crisis. Every year the Indigo Love of
Reading Foundation commits $1.5 million to high-needs elementary
schools so they can rebuild their libraries with the purchase of new
books and education resources. To date the Indigo Love of Reading
Foundation has committed $13.5 million to more than 150 schools
About First Book Canada
First Book Canada, a registered charity with an office in Toronto,
provides new books and educational resources to Canadian children from
low-income families. Through work with publishing partners, an ever
expanding network of volunteers, and book recipient groups, First Book
Canada grants children in need unprecedented access to free and low
cost books. First Book Canada works through existing community programs
and literacy efforts already serving this population, elevating the
quality of these programs with additional mission-related resources.
For more information, visit www.firstbookcanada.org.
1 Source: Stats Canada study June 22, 2004 (Coulombe & Tremblay and
Marchand, Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)
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