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Vilna School awarded 2017 Indigo Love of Reading Foundation grant

Reading and literacy within the Vilna School community got a big boost on May 25 when the school learned that it will receive a $25,000 grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund.

Vilna School is one of only 30 recipients across Canada to receive a 2017 Literacy Fund grant, part of a $1.5 million annual commitment by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation to high-needs elementary schools across Canada, in an effort to bolster literacy and give all children equal access to books.

Vilna School principal Diane Padlesky outlined the school’s plans for the grant, which will be paid out over the next three years.

“This generous grant allows us to update our school library, enhance our classroom libraries and extend our literacy initiatives into the homes of our students,” she explained. “I can't wait to see the faces of our students when they see their classroom bins filled with new books, or when they receive their literacy kits – filled with books, markers, magnetic letters and other goodies – that they can take and use at home.

As well as using the Literacy Fund grant to support Vilna School students directly, Padlesky said they also plan to encourage reading and literacy within their communities.

“In addition to buying books and more books, and developing home literacy kits for our K-3 students,” she explained, “we will work with our students taking Woodworking class to build lending library houses (similar to the one pictured at left) that we hope to set up in the communities where our students live.”

Representatives from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation spoke highly of Vilna School’s existing literacy programs, which reflect Aspen View Public School’s identification of literacy as its top division priority.

“We are impressed by the strength of your existing literacy programs, and inspired that with greater library resources, you will be able to transform the lives of the children in your school,” Foundation representatives commented. “We look forward to participating in this transformational journey over the next three years.”

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, it has committed over $25 million to more than 3,000 schools through its signature programs. This year, the Foundation is granting $1.5 million to 30 high-needs elementary schools so they can transform their libraries with the purchase of new books and education resources. To date, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s Literacy Fund has committed $19.5 million to more than 245 schools nationally. The Foundation’s annual grassroots Adopt a School program unites employees, customer, 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 http://www.loveofreading.org/en.