Connaught PS

St. Catharines, Ontario 64 / 230 Books Given

Principal Kelly Diiorio Connaught is a busy school in central St. Catharines, and for many students, our library is their main source of literature. In a neighbourhood where finances are often very tight, many families struggle to provide 'extras' like brand new books. Our beloved library books are well used, well loved, and many are in need of replacement. Our only source of additional income for books comes from our annual used book sale, at 25 cents apiece, which raises about $100 (about 10 new books.) Our wonderful teachers frequently buy books out-of-pocket to keep up with the demand for new material.

As an ESL site school, we have the honour to welcome families new to Canada, as well as our local children living in the downtown St. Catharines area. Our principal is a passionate supporter of literacy, and helps encourage our students to embrace a love of reading. This grant would help us add some much needed resources to our library. We love our books, and need your help to continue to promote a love of literacy at Connaught.

Your support has meant so much, the students can't wait to see 'what's in the box' whenever books come in. They frequently stop me in the hall to request a new book they can't wait to read. You have given us the ability to start building up collections of books used in specific subject areas (especially FNMI and LGBTQ books) that were not easily available before, replace much loved (and tattered!) copies, and invest in books we usually would wait to find on sale (Guinness World Record and Lego hardcovers.) Thank you from the staff and students at Connaught!

Favourite books -Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels
-Bone & Amulet graphic novels
-Anything Disney
-Guinness World Record books
-Lego titles
-Minecraft titles
-Animal books
-Dual language books (Mandarin, Arabic)

230 Children
Children: 230
Avg. age of books: < 10 yrs
$4.00 Budget/Child
Budget/Child: $4.00
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