The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2016 Love of Reading Literacy Grant. Twenty-five high-needs elementary schools across Canada will benefit from the Foundation’s $1.5 million annual grant commitment. These grants offer deserving school libraries the means to break the cycle of dwindling bookshelves caused by inadequate funding.
Since its inception in 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has donated more than $23 million to more than 2,600 schools, benefiting more than 750,000 Canadian children.
“We love to know that these grants are nurturing a passion for reading and are helping Canadian children become richly literate,”Heather Reisman, President, Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, said in Toronto.
Exposure to books at an early age sparks creativity and critical thinking. Without proper access, kids are less equipped to become lifelong readers.
Here are the shocking realities of today’s literacy crisis in Canada:
- In today’s high-needs schools the average age of library books is over 16 years old.
- On average, schools that apply for Literacy Grants have annual budgets of less than $8 per student – far below the minimum spend to ensure a healthy school library.
- If reading is not mastered by grade 3, this may lead to failed grades and early drop outs.
- Early childhood literacy is one of the greatest indicators of success later in life
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation believes every child should have access to books so they can reach their full potential. As a result of this year’s literacy grants, 8,200 students across the country will have funds to purchase more than 200,000 books over the next three years. – CNW