Successful 10th anniversary: 29,614 children receive the Gift of Reading(R)!

    MONTREAL, May 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Literacy Foundation and project
spokesperson, actress Marie Turgeon, are pleased to announce that the 10th
anniversary of The Gift of Reading(R) is ending on a high note, as 29,614
underprivileged children will be receiving a brand new book in May. In 10
years, 195,000 new children's books will have been distributed through the
project to the same number of children aged 0-12.

    Distribution of thousands of gifts

    Books collected in November and December in 160 Quebec bookstores and at
various collection sites have been painstakingly sorted and inspected so they
can be distributed in the donors' regions. In May, hundreds of book
distribution events will be held across Quebec, thus bringing the 10th edition
of the project to an end. Some 469 establishments - 39 more than in 2008 -
will take part in the distribution:

    - 198 schools, including 732 classes (selected using the deprivation
      indicators established by the Quebec Ministry of Education, Recreation
      and Sports)
    - 88 child care centres
    - 151 Famille grassroots organizations
    - 32 non-profit and other organizations

    Key to a better future

    Since 1999, the Literacy Foundation has been working to pass on the joy
of reading, a guarantee of success in individuals' lives. It is recognized
that children born into underprivileged neighbourhoods where parents are weak
readers are at higher risk of developing reading difficulties. On the other
hand, the earlier children are in contact with written language, the better
their chances will be of doing well at school.
    "This incursion into the magic world of books," stated spokesperson Marie
Turgeon, "gently prepares children for learning, by adding a dimension of play
and imagination to reading - hence the importance of The Gift of Reading(R)."
    The project also gives the Foundation a way into underprivileged
households, where it can reach parents who are weak readers or illiterate.
They can be helped through the Info-Alpha line: 1-800-361-9142.
    It should be remembered that in Quebec 800,000 people are illiterate, and
some 40% of them are of an age to be parents.

    Thank you!

    The Foundation wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to the
success of the project in the past 10 years: donors, partners, organizers of
collection initiatives and volunteers. Together, they have helped thousands of
children escape into an imaginary world through reading, and seek to surpass
themselves and achieve their dreams throughout their lives.

    Literacy Foundation

    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 an online donation at

For further information:

For further information: Cindy Deslippes-Gauthier, Public Relations
Officer, (514) 289-1178, ext. 225,;
Source: Prevention Department, Literacy Foundation,

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