CHOICES- Teacher Debbie Dean from Glendale Sciences and Technology School helps Katerina Te read a book she picked out at Chapters with Devinne Frechette

Local school buys $6,000 worth of books

Out of 154 schools across Canada Glendale Sciences and Technology School has been chosen to be ‘adopted’ by the Love of Reading Foundation.

One student each from Grades 1 to 8 at Glendale School got the chance to pick out some books for their library Tuesday morning at Chapters.

The Adopt a School Program is a program that partners with the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and helps put more books in the hands of children.

Chapters continuously raises money for the Love of Reading Program and throughout the year the money goes to schools that apply for grants as well as the Adopt a School Program.

With the help from parents, Chapters and customers, about $6,428 was raised to buy more books for the Glendale school library. The majority of the money was raised from donations, a bake sale, and bottle drive put on by Chapters.

Glendale recently added more grades to their school so they became the most likely candidate who needed help with their library.

“It is going to add a lot to our library,” said Larry Hartel, principal of Glendale.

“Our school just changed from being a Kindergarten to a Grade 8 school and we have about 320 students so we had a lot of books for Grades 6, 7 and 8, but we didn’t have a lot of reading books from Kindergarten to Grade 5 so that is where most of our focus will be.”

To date the Indigo program has raised over $533,000, which has put more than 46,000 books into the hands of children at 305 schools across Canada.

“Chapters did a lot of work for us and we are just lucky to be selected,” said Hartel.

“The students are very excited and the school as a whole was very excited and all of them wanted to help select books, but we could only pick a few.”

The mission of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is to give every child a strong literacy foundation and the chance to reach their full potential.

Since 2004 the program has committed $10.5 million to 110 high-needs elementary schools as well as each year 20 Canadian schools share the $1.5 million Literacy Fund over a three-year period to provide books and programs to inspire their students.

For more information on the program visit adoptaschool.indigo.ca. Those wishing to donate to the program can visit Chapters.

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