Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Announces $1.5 Million in New Grants to 25 High-Needs Schools, Total Donations Exceed $23 Million Since 2004

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is thrilled to announce the recipients of its 2016 Love of Reading Literacy Grant.[i] Twenty-five high-needs elementary schools across Canada will benefit from the Foundation’s $1.5 million annual grant commitment. These grants offer deserving school libraries the means to break the cycle of dwindling bookshelves caused by inadequate funding.

Since its inception in 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has donated more than $23 million to more than 2,600 schools, benefiting more than 750,000 Canadian children.

“We love to know that these grants are nurturing a passion for reading and are helping Canadian children become richly literate,” said Heather Reisman, President, Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Exposure to books at an early age sparks creativity and critical thinking. Without proper access, kids are less equipped to become lifelong readers.

Here are the shocking realities of today’s literacy crisis in Canada:

    - In today’s high-needs schools the average age of library books is over 16 years old. [ii]
    - On average, schools that apply for Literacy Grants have annual budgets of less than $8 per student – far below the minimum spend to ensure a healthy school library.[iii]
    - If reading is not mastered by grade 3, this may lead to failed grades and early drop outs.[iv]
    - Early childhood literacy is one of the greatest indicators of success later in life.[v]

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation believes every child should have access to books so they can reach their full potential. As a result of this year’s literacy grants, 8,200 students across the country will have funds to purchase more than 200,000 books over the next three years. 

The 2016 Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grant Recipients (by province):

    Annie Foote School, Calgary, Alberta
    Cardston Elementary School, Cardston, Alberta
    Evansdale School, Edmonton, Alberta
    Fairview Community School, Nanaimo, British Columbia
    Khowhemun Elementary School, Duncan, British Columbia
    Terry Fox Elementary School, Abbotsford, British Columbia
    Strathcona Community School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    St. George School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    École W.-F.-Boisvert, Rogersville, New Brunswick
    St. Matthew's School, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador
    West Colchester Consolidated School, Bass River, Nova Scotia
    Kugaardjuq School, Kugaaruk, Nunavut
    David Maxwell Public School, Windsor, Ontario
    Daystrom Public School, Toronto, Ontario
    Elia Middle School, Toronto, Ontario
    Oakridge Junior Public School, Toronto, Ontario
    Queen Victoria Elementary School, Hamilton, Ontario
    St. Angela Catholic School, Toronto, Ontario
    St. Dunstan Catholic School, Scarborough, Ontario
    Stilecroft Public School, North York, Ontario
    Summerside Intermediate School, Summerside, Prince Edward Island
    École Du Trait-D'Union, Ste-Thérèse, Quebec
    Gaspé  Elementary School, Gaspe, Quebec
    Imperial Community School, Regina, Saskatchewan
    Queen Mary Public School, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Indigo Love of Reading Foundation & First Book Grant Day Partnership

In addition to the 2016 Literacy Fund grants, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has once again partnered with First Book Canada, which provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. As part of this partnership, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and First Book Canada will provide more than 1,500 new books to each of the 20 runner-up schools that applied for the Literacy Fund Grant, a donation of more than 30,000 books in total. This year books will be generously donated from Disney Worldwide Publishing, Marvel Press, Disney Press, Lucasfilm Press, and Hyperion Press.

Schools interested in applying for the 2017 Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grant can download an application at www.loveofreading.org.

To learn more about the Foundation, please visit www.loveofreading.org.

About the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Indigo Books & Music Inc. founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to address the underfunding of public elementary school libraries. To date, the Foundation has committed over $23 million to more than 2,600 schools through its signature programs. This year, the Foundation is granting $1.5 million to 25 high-needs elementary schools so they can transform their libraries with the purchase of new books and educational resources. To date, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s Literacy Fund has committed $18 million to more than 215 schools nationally. The Foundation’s annual grassroots Adopt a School program unites employees, customers, schools and their communities to raise funds and put even more books into the hands of children. Over the past seven years, the program has raised over $3.7 million so 600,000 children have a book to call their own. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.loveofreading.org

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