To encourage a desire and a determination to read requires resources and suddenly, thanks to the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation , Prince Edward Public School has a wealth of them.
In late May, representatives from area Indigo outlets came to the school to present the Pacers a $90 thousand check to enhance the library and support programs that inspire a love of reading. They also brought books for each student in every class to complement classroom collections with Clifford, the Big Red Dog on hand to help distribute the gifts.
Learning Commons teacher Kylie-Lea Myers made the application for the grant, which is funded through in-store fund raising and donations from Indigo customers. The foundation provides $1.5 million in contributions to schools each year. Ms. Myers proposed, in her application, the development of 2 programs starting next year.
"We are Beautiful and Unique Readers" will focus on building culturally-diverse and representative libraries. Over 3 years, a portion of the grant money will be used to purchase books, shelving and displays for the project.
The 2nd program is called "Creating Family Connections with a Maker Library". It will strengthen parent - school connections. One night a week families will be invited to the school library to check out a maker kit to take home for the week. Each kit will include a fiction and non-fiction text as well as materials or technology related to the books.