Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL), in partnership with First Book Canada, the school has been able to start a library with brand new books. The library includes informational texts, fiction, and non-fiction, including books that are targeted to appeal the reluctant reader, like graphic novels and popular teen fiction.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2014 Vital Signs report, a community-check up produced by CFNL and the Harris Centre at Memorial University, showed that only 43% of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have level 3 literacy or higher, compared with 52% of the population Canada-wide.
“In our society, literacy is opportunity, and literacy is independence,” says Ainsley Hawthorn, Executive Director of CFNL. “It’s essential that all young people in our province have the resources they need to develop this fundamental skill. The educators at District School work with some of the most vulnerable students in our school system, and we’re very glad to provide this grant to make sure that the students of the school have the same access to reading materials as their peers.”
The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador and First Book Canada’s generous donation has provided District School with the opportunity to captivate their students by purchasing engaging and enriching texts suited to their interests and abilities. District School would like extend their deepest thanks and gratitude to CFNL for their generous donation.
ABOUT DISTRICT SCHOOL
District School services students in Grades 7-12 that have either mental health or behavioural issues. The majority of the students at the school come from underprivileged homes, and some are no longer in the care of their parents but are living alone in group homes or are in open custody. District School provides a safe, caring environment for these youth, a place they can come for support without judgement while they address challenging circumstances in their lives.
ABOUT FIRST BOOK CANADA
First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis. For more information, visit http://www.firstbookcanada.org/.