We believe a book can change a child's life forever.
What's going on?
- 30% of Grade 3 students lack basic literacy skills.1
- Many schools in economically disadvantaged communities in Canada can only afford 1 new library book a year for every 3 children.2
- Children who struggle with literacy are four times more likely to drop out of high school.3
- Teachers spend $200 million out-of-pocket each year on books and learning materials.4
The Adopt a School program
Every year, Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores across Canada “adopt” a local high-needs elementary school and fundraise on their behalf for a three-week period in the Fall. As part of this program, the Foundation also hosts an online fundraising platform which further supports high-needs elementary schools in raising funds for their libraries.
When you donate to a school in the Adopt a School program, you are helping to improve childhood literacy in Canada. Every dollar you donate goes directly to the school of your choice. All the schools we support get a 30% discount on books at Indigo.
About The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is dedicated to putting books in the hands of Canadian children. Since 2004, the Foundation has committed $25 million in funding to more than 3,000 high-needs elementary school libraries, inspiring over 900,000 students.
Together, let's put libraries back at the heart of schools.
1 EQAO Provincial Assessment, 2014.
2 Data collected from The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund grant program.
3 Hernandez, Donald J. “Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation.” Published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012.
4 Canadian Teachers Federation, 2010; 2011 National Household Survey – Occupation, Statistics Canada, 2011.