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.1
- Children who struggle with literacy are four times more likely to drop out of high school.2
- Teachers spend $200 million out-of-pocket each year on books and learning materials.3
The Adopt a School program
The Indigo Adopt a School program is an annual fundraising campaign that takes place over the course of three weeks each fall. This program is a terrific resource for high-needs Canadian elementary schools hoping to raise funds in support of their library!
During the program, each participating school can use the Adopt a School online fundraising platform to raise funds for their library.
In addition, a select number of schools will also be adopted by an Indigo, Chapters, or Coles store and will receive every dollar raised by that store during the program. We encourage schools registered in the program to reach out to their local Indigo, Chapters or Coles to express interest in being adopted by the end of June, 2018.
The below chart illustrates the differences between schools participating in the online program and schools that have been adopted by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store:
In November, once the 2018 Adopt a School program has closed, each participating school will receive every dollar raised to support their students and school library in the form of an eGiftcard. Schools will also receive 30% off books at Indigo, Chapters and Coles when using program donations!
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 $28 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 Read the FAQ on loveofreading.org
2 Hernandez, Donald J. “Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation.” Published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012.
3 Canadian Teachers Federation, 2010; 2011 National Household Survey – Occupation, Statistics Canada, 2011.