Jack Kemp benefits from book program


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September 23, 2014 9:36 AM

Last year, the school received nearly $2,800 worth of books

Jack Kemp Community School just got adopted. Again.

The Indigo Adopt a School program sees Chapters, Coles and Indigo stores collecting donations for literacy initiatives within lowincome schools Canada-wide. And this year, just like the last, Lloydminster’s local Cole’s bookstore once again made Jack Kemp school a recipient for donations collected in-store and online, to be used in the expansion and renewal of the school library’s reading material.

Donations will be made at check-out at Coles in the LloydMall from Sept. 14 to Oct. 4, but they can also be made online. An alternative to donating money is to adopt a school for free at adoptaschool. Indigo.ca. As a special event this year, the school with the most adopts in its province will also win $10,000 in books for their library, on top of the money raised in-store and online during the adopt a school campaign. So far, Jack Kemp Commuinty School is No. 1 in all of Saskatchewan.

“A $12 donation covers roughly the cost of a book for a child in elementary schools,” said Jennifer Jones, VP for the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Last year, Jack Kemp received almost $2,800 worth of books through the program, said the school’s librarian, Gina Hanson. This year, she hopes to revitalize the library’s non-fiction section, which has become rather dated over the years.

“Kids don’t like to read books with black and white pictures. I weeded one that was older than me today,” she said with a laugh.

“It’s a big library, but it’s an old library. So I’m weeding, and putting in the new as much as I can.”

With the Indigo Adopt a School program in its sixth year, Jones said that the program continues to help schools and literacy in children from a few different angles.

“The intention is threefold, I suppose,” said Jones. “The first is to create more awareness of the issue of underfunding in high-needs elementary schools across Canada. It’s to, in the meantime, help us put more books into the hands of children at those schools. And the third is really our community opportunity, to bring the employees closer to the schools in their community that need that support.”

Jack Kemp school harbours a very intercultural student body, making the need for reading material even more imperative. Kids have come from India, Pakistan, and the Philippines to name a few; however, Hanson said that she couldn’t even begin to guess how many different cultures meet on a day-to-day basis at the school.

The bottom line?

“We just want to make sure that they have the support that they need, the resources that they need to be able to bring that love of reading to all their children,” said Jones.

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