Inner city school cashing in on books
MONTREAL — Reading skills at a Montreal inner city elementary school will likely improve in the next few years.
Coronation Elementary, in Cote-des-Neiges, won the Indigo love-of-reading grant worth $60,000 to buy new books from the Canadian bookstore chain.
“I think I’m in shock,” Joanna Genovezos, the school’s principal, said.
“A lot of our kids come the inner city area so they don’t have books at home. So we desperately, desperately need books in our library,” she added.
The school will spend the next three years buying fiction and non fiction books to fill its library shelves which are mostly bare and hold many outdated books.
The grant is five times more than what the school receives from the Quebec government.
On Tuesday, many Coronation Elementary school kids were invited to the Chapters bookstore for the announcement.
They also received a $25 gift card from the retailer to buy their own books.
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