FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local school is looking for donations for the Adopt a School program.
So far, 49 out of the 360 book goal have been donated to Robert Ogilvie Elementary School. For every 2 books that are bought, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation will give the school 1 extra book. So far, 15 out of 40 have been earned.
The school currently has 360 children. The book age is currently 10-20 years. They also only have an $8 budget per child to spend on books currently.
On a post on the Adopt a School program website, Kathy Scheck who is the school principal, says that the population at the school is growing.
“We have a growing population at our inner city school. We have an increasing ESL population so easy reading books are a necessity. WE also have pre-school classes in our school and they come to the library weekly for book exchanges. Although they are not in our number of students that attend K-6, that are using our facility (an extra 20 students). We also encourage our families with children 0-5 to come and check out books. Overall, our reading scores are below the district average and we are trying to increase fluency and comprehension. We do an open daily exchange time of 30 minutes/day and each class has one library block in addition. We do reading contests and are trying whatever we can to increase the “love of reading” in our students.”