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Contest has prize of $10,000 in books


When he’s reading, Carlos Carandang likes thinking about what’s going to happen next, or picturing what characters might look like. 

Reading is a pastime he loves, and he would like to have more access to the books that he enjoys. 

That’s why the Dr. W.A. MacLeod student is excited about a contest his school has entered. “Because I want more books,” he said.

The 2015 Indigo Adopt a School program involves voting online or making donations to help the school win a prize of $10,000 worth of books.

School librarian Monica Nielsen said the school would benefit from winning the contest because libraries have suffered from cutbacks in recent years. Currently the funding received by libraries in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is about $2.60 per student. The Chapters/Indigo Love of Reading Foundation considers any school funded under $30 per student to be a high needs school.

“In our province, libraries really have been affected by budget cuts,” she said.

Nielsen wants to make more books available to the students at the school, and help to inspire a love of reading that becomes a lifelong activity.

“They’re such a ‘now’ generation – they want to read – and if they want something, I want to get into their hands as fast as I can,” she said.

Nielsen said having current books the students are interested in is paramount. “I don’t think people understand how important it is to get books into the hands of students. It’s expensive to get those books – new and current ones that they want to read.”

She said the belief that children are only interested in technology these days and not in books is false. “People think kids don’t read any more, but kids want books in their hands. They want to read and make connections.”

On Tuesday, several students dropped by the library on their recess break, and Nielsen said this is a regular occurrence. “At lunch time this place is full,” she said. “I wish the general public knew just how much kids want to read.”

Neilsen said the entire school is supporting the contest and encouraging the community to get involved. “Seeing them excited about this contest shows how much they value literacy.”

And supporting the school through this contest is easy, as anyone with a computer or mobile device can help by voting, even if they don’t have any children in school.

CCRSB libraries provide interlibrary loans within the school board, so winning the contest would support literacy in the whole school board, she said. “If one school benefits from this, really all students in the whole area benefit.”

 

Cover photo by Carol Dunn: Angus Moser reads a book at the Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated School library. The school is hoping to win a contest with a prize of free books for the library.

 

 

How to help

The school with most votes by Oct. 10 will win $10,000 worth of books through the Chapters/Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Adopt (vote) free online once per day every day in the Adopt & Don't Stop Giveaway.

A daily donation of $12 buys a book for the school and counts as 10 votes towards the Adopt & Don't Stop Giveaway.

Support the school library by visiting https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca.

Reading is a pastime he loves, and he would like to have more access to the books that he enjoys. 

That’s why the Dr. W.A. MacLeod student is excited about a contest his school has entered. “Because I want more books,” he said.

The 2015 Indigo Adopt a School program involves voting online or making donations to help the school win a prize of $10,000 worth of books.

School librarian Monica Nielsen said the school would benefit from winning the contest because libraries have suffered from cutbacks in recent years. Currently the funding received by libraries in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is about $2.60 per student. The Chapters/Indigo Love of Reading Foundation considers any school funded under $30 per student to be a high needs school.

“In our province, libraries really have been affected by budget cuts,” she said.

Nielsen wants to make more books available to the students at the school, and help to inspire a love of reading that becomes a lifelong activity.

“They’re such a ‘now’ generation – they want to read – and if they want something, I want to get into their hands as fast as I can,” she said.

Nielsen said having current books the students are interested in is paramount. “I don’t think people understand how important it is to get books into the hands of students. It’s expensive to get those books – new and current ones that they want to read.”

She said the belief that children are only interested in technology these days and not in books is false. “People think kids don’t read any more, but kids want books in their hands. They want to read and make connections.”

On Tuesday, several students dropped by the library on their recess break, and Nielsen said this is a regular occurrence. “At lunch time this place is full,” she said. “I wish the general public knew just how much kids want to read.”

Neilsen said the entire school is supporting the contest and encouraging the community to get involved. “Seeing them excited about this contest shows how much they value literacy.”

And supporting the school through this contest is easy, as anyone with a computer or mobile device can help by voting, even if they don’t have any children in school.

CCRSB libraries provide interlibrary loans within the school board, so winning the contest would support literacy in the whole school board, she said. “If one school benefits from this, really all students in the whole area benefit.”

 

Cover photo by Carol Dunn: Angus Moser reads a book at the Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated School library. The school is hoping to win a contest with a prize of free books for the library.

 

 

How to help

The school with most votes by Oct. 10 will win $10,000 worth of books through the Chapters/Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

Adopt (vote) free online once per day every day in the Adopt & Don't Stop Giveaway.

A daily donation of $12 buys a book for the school and counts as 10 votes towards the Adopt & Don't Stop Giveaway.

Support the school library by visiting https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca.

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