MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - For its 12th edition, The Gift of Reading® is giving 30,512 brand new books to as many underprivileged children
aged 0-12. The Literacy Foundation and project spokesperson, actress
Marie Turgeon, are proud to announce that this initiative, which aims
to prevent reading difficulties that lead to children dropping out of
school and then to illiteracy, has been an unqualified success! Since
1999, more than 255,000 new children's books have been given out
through The Gift of Reading®.
Broad, targeted distribution
Having their very own new books is not a privilege everyone has. "The
children realize that many of them have few if any books at home,"
explained France Saint-Jacques, a teacher at École Marie-Rivier, at a
book distribution event. "One student in particular had tears in his
eyes when he received the comic book he had wanted for two years." Note
that in Quebec, 228,740 children aged 0-17 live in low-income families
The books collected in November and December in 160 bookstores and more
than 100 libraries, among other locations, were sorted and inspected
for distribution in the donors' regions. Hundreds of book distribution
events will be held in May 2011 in 450 establishments across Quebec,
among them 158 schools and 641 elementary classes (selected using the
deprivation indicators established by the Ministry of Education,
Recreation and Sports [MELS]), 85 daycare centres, 172 Famille grassroots organizations and 35 non-profit organizations.
Acting at every stage in life
The Gift of Reading® hopes in this way to help break the cycle of transmission of low reading
proficiency, especially in neighbourhoods marked by poverty and low
education. Books are also a tool for raising parents' awareness as to
their role as models and educators. "In giving a child a brand new
book," says spokesperson Marie Turgeon, "we are offering him not only a
physical object, but also the opportunity to spend special time with
his parent, and to discover all the joy reading can bring."
In guiding parents with low reading skills toward local reading
awareness, homework help and family literacy resources, the Info-Alpha line has an impact on the incidence of illiteracy within families. This
assistance and referral service, set up by the Literacy Foundation in
1990, can be reached at 1-800-361-9142.
30,512 thanks to Quebec Donors!
The Gift of Reading® mobilizes and reaches hundreds of stakeholders from a variety of fields:
teachers, daycare workers, community organization workers, librarians,
booksellers, publishers and book distributors, media, organizations and
so on. Several thousand loyal donors and 423 partners mobilized around
a shared goal: to allow thousands of underprivileged children in Quebec
to grow up with a brand new book in their hands. Together, they make
the project the success it is today.
Founded in 1989, the Literacy Foundation is a non-profit organization
whose mission is to ensure that everyone—adults and children—has access
to reading and writing. To help the Foundation, make a donation at fondationalphabetisation.org/en.
SOURCE LITERACY FOUNDATION
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