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General program information

1. What is the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation?
Since 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has been dedicated to putting books in the hands of Canadian children at high-needs elementary schools. This is part of our commitment to transforming the lives of children across the country by inspiring in them a love of reading. Together with Indigo, its customers and its employees, we have provided over $25 million to over 3,000 schools, impacting more than 900,000 children. 

2. What is the Adopt a School program?
For three weeks in the fall, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s Adopt a School program unites Indigo employees, customers, schools and their communities all across Canada in raising funds to rejuvenate their local high-needs elementary school libraries.

3. How do you determine what elementary schools are high-needs?
If an elementary school has a library budget of less than $30 per student per year, then the school is considered a high-needs school, as outlined by the Association of Canadian Publishers. 

4. When does the 2017 Adopt a School program take place?
The 2017 Adopt a School program launches in September and concludes in October.

5. What is the impact to date?
Together with Indigo, its employees, its customers, schools, and communities, the Adopt a School program has put more than 300,000 books in the hands of children at over 1,600 elementary schools across Canada since launching in 2009.

6. Why does the Foundation choose to focus on high-needs elementary schools?
Every child needs access to new and engaging books to develop the literacy skills that are critical for educational success and to inspire a love of reading. Due to insufficient funding for elementary school libraries, many children cannot access these new and engaging books.

The Foundation works to provide books to these schools with the goal that all Canadian children have access to the resources they need to develop strong literacy skills. By providing support to high-needs elementary schools, we are equipping principals, librarians and teachers with the resources that are critical for promoting educational success and inspiring a love of reading. 

7. Do you keep a portion of my Adopt a School donation?
No.  All of the funds raised online and in-store for Adopt a School go directly to your school’s library.

8. Why not donate books instead of money?
Each school has unique educational needs. The principals, teachers and librarians are the literacy experts who know what books are needed to address their literacy goals. Thus we provide them with the funding to choose the books that are most meaningful to their students.

9. Do schools participating in the program receive a discount on books?
Indigo provides a 30% discount on books to all schools that participate in the Adopt a School program when they are using funds raised during the program.

10. What else is Indigo doing in the community to support schools and children’s literacy?
Through the generosity of Indigo, its customers and its employees, the Foundation grants $1.5 million in library support to approximately 25 schools across the country each year. Since 2004, when Indigo founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation to address the underfunding of Canadian elementary school libraries, the Foundation has given $19.5 million to 245 elementary schools through the Literacy Fund grants, and together with our Adopt a School program, the Foundation has given over $25 million to over 3,000 schools across Canada.

11. Why does the Foundation choose to focus on high-needs elementary schools?
Every child needs access to new and engaging books to develop the literacy skills that are critical for educational success and to inspire a love of reading. Due to insufficient funding for elementary school libraries, many children cannot access these new and engaging books.

The Foundation works to provide books to these schools with the goal that all Canadian children have access to the resources they need to develop strong literacy skills. By providing support to high-needs elementary schools, we are equipping principals, librarians and teachers with the resources that are critical for promoting educational success and inspiring a love of reading. 

Schools

1. How do you determine what elementary schools are high-needs?
If an elementary school has a library budget of less than $30 per student per year, then the school is considered a high-needs school, as outlined by the Association of Canadian Publishers. All high-needs elementary schools are eligible for adoption by Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores and to participatie in our online program.  However, both the online and in-store Adopt a School programs have limited spots.  

2. How can my school signup?

  • Create a school profile here 
  • Fill in your school’s information and hit Submit

3. I can’t sign up / the site won’t save my school signup form. Can you help?
Yes, we can help. Please ensure you have completed ALL the required fields on the School Signup form, and click the box at the bottom of the form (I Agree) before clicking Submit. If you are still unable to sign up or save your registration, please contact the Adopt a School team via email at adoptaschool@indigo.ca.

4. Can you help me update my school’s profile?
Yes, we can help. It’s very important to keep your school’s contact information up to date so you don’t miss any essential updates about the program.

  •  Login to your school profile here
  •  Click your name (top right-hand corner) and select Account Settings
  •  Update your school's information and hit Submit


5. The principal or primary contact at my school has changed. How do I change this information on the site?
Your new principal or primary contact must first create a profile. Your school’s current contact can then add the new school user to your school’s account by completing the following steps:

  • Click on Admin - this will direct you to your School Dashboard
  • Click on Edit My School and update the principal or primary contact information
  • Click Save School
  • Contact the Adopt a School team at adoptaschool@indigo.ca and we can grant access to your school’s page to your new principal or primary contact

6. How does our school get adopted by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store?
In order to be adopted by one of the Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores, your school must be considered a high-needs Canadian elementary school serving grades JK-8. To increase your school’s chances of adoption in the 2016 Adopt a School program, we recommend you contact your local store to express interest. The best time to do this is in spring, before the summer holidays, which is when stores generally select their adopted school for the fall campaign.

7. Why does the Foundation choose to focus on high-needs elementary schools?
Every child needs access to new and engaging books to develop the literacy skills that are critical for educational success and to inspire a love of reading. Due to insufficient funding for elementary school libraries, many children cannot access these new and engaging books.

The Foundation works to provide books to these schools with the goal that all Canadian children have access to the resources they need to develop strong literacy skills. By providing support to high-needs elementary schools, we are equipping principals, librarians and teachers with the resources that are critical for promoting educational success and inspiring a love of reading.

8. Can schools participate more than once?
Yes, once your school creates a school profile their information remains in our database. Every school is required to update their school’s information annually. Updating your school profile increases your school’s chances of being adopted by one of the Indigo, Chapters or Coles stores.

9. My school was adopted by a store in a previous Adopt a School campaign. Where can I view my school’s online profile?
Visit the Adopt a School website and click Schools – you can then search by city, province or school name. Elementary schools adopted by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store will be asterisked with an “Adopt a School” heart icon. 

10. I want to change my school profile, or add photos or a video. How do I do this?  
You can update your school’s profile information by logging in, clicking Account Settings and updating the fields as necessary. Remember to hit Save School at the bottom of the page before exiting.

In the event that you elect to post a photo or video on this website, please contact the Foundation at adoptaschool@indigo.ca for a copy of the required waiver that must be completed by each and every individual (or in the case of minors, the parent/guardian on the minor’s behalf) who is appearing in the photo or video.  The Foundation reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to request copies of such waiver for a period of three years following the time the photo is posted. The Foundation may also remove any content from the website, including photos and videos, in its sole and absolute discretion.

11. I forgot my password for the website, how can I reset it?
You can reset your password here. A temporary password will be issued to the email address your school signed up with.

12. How can I change my password for the site?
You can change your password by logging in, clicking Account Settings and updating your password.

13. How do I write on my school’s blog?

  • Login to your school profile here
  • Click on Admin – this will direct you to your School Dashboard
  • Click on Blogs and hit New Blog
  • Enter a blog title and click Submit
  • Write your blog post
  • Click Submit

14. My school has participated in previous years’ Adopt a School program. How do we access the funds raised for our school library?
Funds raised in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Adopt a School programs were distributed to your school in Indigo eGiftcards, which continue to be available in your school’s online account. You can download them at any time to go shopping for new books by completing the following:

  • Login to your school profile here 
  • Click on Admin – this will direct you to your School Dashboard
  • Click on Payouts
  • Click Download to Shop on each eGiftcard – feel free to print this and use it in store or online at Indigo.ca

Note: If this is the first time you have visited the Payouts tab, for security reasons you’ll be asked to change your password and confirm your email address. Once you’ve completed those two steps, log back in and you’ll find your eGiftcards under Payouts.

15. Do you keep a portion of my school’s online donations?
No.  All of the funds raised go directly to your school’s library.

16. Why not donate books instead of money?
Each school has unique educational needs. The principals, teachers and librarians are the literacy experts who know what books are needed to address their literacy goals. Thus we provide them with the funding to choose the books that are most meaningful to their students.

17. Do schools participating in the program receive a discount on books?
Indigo provides a 30% discount on books to all schools that participate in the Adopt a School program when they are using funds raised during the program.

Supporters

1. Do you keep a portion of my online donation?
No.  All of the funds raised online go directly to your school’s library.

2. Do schools participating in the program receive a discount on books?
Indigo provides a 30% discount on books to all schools that participant in the Adopt a School program.

3. Do I have to sign up with Facebook to adopt a school?
No. If you don’t have a Facebook account or prefer not to use it, you can create a profile using your e-mail address and a password of your choice.

4. How do I find a specific school?
Visit Adopt a School and click on Schools – you can then search by city, province or school names.

5. I adopted a school last year but can’t find them on this year’s website. Why is this school not on your website?
To be eligible for the 2017 program, all schools who have previously participated in the program are required to update their school profile. High-needs elementary schools adopted by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store will be denoted with an “Adopt a School” heart icon.

6. Why does the Foundation choose to focus on high-needs elementary schools?
Every child needs access to new and engaging books to develop the literacy skills that are critical for educational success and to inspire a love of reading. Due to insufficient funding for elementary school libraries, many children cannot access these new and engaging books.

The Foundation works to provide books to these schools with the goal that all Canadian children have access to the resources they need to develop strong literacy skills. By providing support to high-needs elementary schools, we are equipping principals, librarians and teachers with the resources that are critical for promoting educational success and inspiring a love of reading. 

7. I forgot my password for the website, how can I reset it?
You can reset your password here. A temporary password will be issued to the email address you signed up with.

8. I need to change my password/information for my account, where do I go?
You can update your password and profile information by logging in, clicking Account Settings and updating the fields as necessary. Remember to hit Save at the bottom of the page before exiting.

9. I want to help, but don’t want my name displayed on the site. Is that possible?
Yes. If you have already created an Adopt a School account, please log in and click on Account Settings. Here you can click the box “Keep my book donations anonymous”.

 

 

 

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