MONTREAL, April 29, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Literacy Foundation is delighted to announce that 36,903 children living in underprivileged neighbourhoods have received a brand new book this year, through its Gift of Reading program. That is 6,100 more books than last year! Imagine all those magical moments to be shared as a family, all those worlds to be discovered through reading.
Actress Marie Turgeon, spokesperson for The Gift of Reading, stressed this year the importance of passing on the reading bug to children from an early age, as this is a significant step in preparing them properly for starting school and in fostering their academic success. For this 14th edition, a partnership with the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation has raised to 15,000 the number of children aged 0-4 who will benefit from The Gift of Reading!
Hundreds of boxes bursting with books make their way throughout Quebec!
The books were collected in November and December 2012 in 200 bookstores and libraries in Quebec. Since the joy of reading is catching, initiatives from citizens, companies or high schools also led to activities where books were collected and funds raised. This widespread enthusiasm meant that 36,903 books were sent to 483 establishments:
- 157 schools, including 722 elementary school classes;
- 125 daycare centres;
- 167 Famille grassroots organizations; and
- 34 non-profit organizations (NPOs).
These establishments were all selected using the deprivation indicators established by the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports (MELS).
Giving the chance to grow and dream and fostering academic success into the bargain
Through Quebecers' generosity, more than 323,000 books have been given out to underprivileged children since 1999. Each book donation helps prevent reading and writing difficulties, thereby contributing to keeping children in school and fighting illiteracy. Each donation kit contains information on the Info-Alpha referral line (1-800-361-9142), so parents with low reading proficiency are also reached through The Gift of Reading.
Thanks to our valued donors and partners who contribute directly to the program's success!
Thank you to all the donors and loyal partners of The Gift of Reading: Hydro-Québec, Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports (MELS), Nationex, Salon du livre de Montréal (Montreal's book fair), Bombardier Aerospace Employees Charity Fund (Montreal), National Bank, Raise-a-Reader, Cogeco Diffusion, Cogeco Métromédia, TC.média, Métro newspaper, The Gazette, La Presse, Le Libraire and Le Téléjournal Grand Montréal.
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 support the Foundation, make a donation at fondationalphabetisation.org.
SOURCE: LITERACY FOUNDATION
For further information:
Chloé Charbonnier, Communications Advisor
514-289-1178, ext. 234