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    Default Winning national contest restocks Macdonald library

    My 3 children were excited to get a chance to pick and add a book for the school...here is the article.


    The London school won a $150,000 Indigo grant

    With the end of the school year just days away, most students are already saying bye-bye to the books for the summer.

    But yesterday, hundreds of kids at one local elementary school bagged a bunch of books for their school after winning a nation-wide contest to load up their library courtesy of a free shopping spree at Chapters book store.

    Each pupil at Sir John A. Macdonald public school got to pick out a new book for the school's library after the school won a $150,000 grant through the Indigo Love of Reading Fund.

    "This is awesome," Grade 7 pupil Lucy Zhang said after dashing through the north London Chapters store in search of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.

    "I can't wait to see the new books on the bookshelves. I bet now people are going to be fighting for the books," she said, giggling.

    Junior kindergarten pupil Ben Dinsmore, one of about 500 kids who snagged a new storybook for the school's library, didn't hesitate when he was let loose in the store.

    The four-year-old, who is just learning to read, knew he wanted a book about monkeys.

    "I like monkeys," he said. "They can climb."

    As pupils arrived at Chapters by the busload, the school quickly racked up more than $5,000 in new reading materials for its outdated library.

    But yesterday's end-of-the-year shopping spree was just the beginning of a total library overhaul at Sir John A. Macdonald.

    The school will get $50,000 a year through the Indigo fund for three years. Each year, the school will get $45,000 to be spent at Chapters and $5,000 in cash to be spent on other resources.

    Sir John A. Macdonald was one of 10 schools chosen across the country for the literacy grant after submitting a proposal outlining a desperate need for more books.

    "This is going to make a very significant difference to our school," said teacher-librarian Peter Eisenbach, who submitted the school's entry in January.

    "We have such a commitment to literacy, but without up-to-date resources, we faced significant roadblocks."

    Linda Stock, general manager of the north London Chapters store, said the school was a deserving recipient.

    "They showed a great need, and they showed a real commitment to literacy," she said.

    The Indigo Love of Reading fund is made possible through customer donations and a percentage of sales from certain products, she said.

    Sir John A. Macdonald was the first London school to win the grant.
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    That's FANTASTIC! Congratulations!
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    That's amazing!

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    How cool is that.

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