It was quite a surprise to everyone at Mill St. Public School in Leamington when Clifford the Big Red Dog and representatives of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation showed up on May 20th with a gift of $72 thousand to buy books and reading materials.
The Love of Reading Foundation provides grants to schools to "encourage a love of reading...by putting books in children's hands". Over the next 3 years students and staff at Mill St. PS will get to choose the books they want for their library and classrooms.
Teacher Sandra Neudorf spearheaded the grant application. The foundation receives its money from donations by customers, private contributions and the sale of designated "Love of Reading" items at Indigo, Chapters and Coles book stores.
The presentation created a lot of excitement at the school, but the real thrill will be when students and staff get to go shopping.