The library at École New Era School will soon have more than 100 new books, thanks to the Indigo Adopt A School program.
The kindergarten to Grade 8 school was part of an online Indigo campaign. People were encouraged to “adopt” New Era online for free, donate funds or buy e-gift cards between Sept. 16 and Oct. 6.
“I had no idea what to expect,” librarian Vivian Thorgeirson said. “We’re really pleased with the fact that lots of Brandon School Division staff adopted, lots of our students adopted, lots of aunts and uncles … It was kind of neat to see that people’s relatives from other provinces, etc. have supported our school.”
For every 50 times the school was adopted, the library received one book. Every $12 donated also equalled a new book.
While they were hoping to reach 550 books (one for every student), New Era staff is happy to see that the school had a total of 313 adopters, and a total of 111 books given.
The school will receive a gift card from Indigo to purchase the new books.
“Any time I can buy new books, it’s great for my library,” Thorgeirson said. “One hundred new books means I can make some choices for early years and middle years selections.”
The Adopt A School program began in 2009 and has put more than 80,000 books in 459 schools.
“Our goal is to put books into the hands of children in disadvantaged communities across the country and build lifelong literacy skills,” states Indigo’s website.
New Era’s library was in need of a rejuvenation. Two years ago, the library had many books removed to go to École Harrison’s library.
Thorgeirson said she is looking forward to purchasing more story books for early years students and plans to add to the graphic novel selection for middle years students.
It’s not too late to adopt New Era. Visit adoptaschool.indigo.ca.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 1, 2012