Two Montreal schools, part of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, are raising awareness for a fundraising campaign to help them replenish the school library’s book collections.
Students at Allion Elementary School in LaSalle worked hard Thursday, designing custom-made bookmarks to present to each donor as a personal thank you.
School officials at both Allion and Verdun Elementary explained that over the past year, with COVID-19 restrictions and sudden school closings, many books have gone missing.
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Now they hope, in partnership with Indigo, to raise enough funds to obtain new books to complete their collections and continue to promote a passion for reading among students.
Tiffany Clarke, Librarian at Allion and Verdun Elementary Schools, emphasized the importance of the library by acting as a support system for students and teachers, and it is an important tool that students should use to learn about things that really matter to them. . them at their own pace.
He also highlighted the importance that new books can have in giving students the opportunity to learn things like diversity and inclusion, helping students “see themselves,” exposing them to different cultures, and immersing themselves in something new.
Taneia Hinkson-Belone, a sixth grader, doesn’t need to be convinced of the importance of books.
“I love books, my whole room is full of books,” she said, adding that she has even read about the benefits of reading.
“It lengthens life, helps you sleep, so you can read a book before you go to bed, and it also reduces stress and relieves depression.”
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Hinkson-Belone said it is something that is really needed right now.
“I know this year has been very difficult with COVID and stuff, so a book is a really great way to get away from all the distractions in the world and just relax,” he said.
Donations can be made in person from September 13 to October 3, at the Indigo Place Montreal Trust in downtown Montreal and at Indigo at Pointe-Claire.
Online donations can be made through the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Adopt a school program
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