The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has used Giving Tuesday — a day devoted to giving following Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping days — to help Parkcrest elementary and another school in Ontario.
Parkcrest elementary was destroyed by fire on Sept. 5, with the Brocklehurst school’s library also going up in flames.
Chapters Kamloops reached out to the foundation about the Parkcrest fire to ask if there was anything the foundation could do to help.
Unfortunately, both Kamloops Indigo stores — Chapters and Coles — were already fundraising for high-needs schools in the Adopt A School program.
However, the foundation decided to make a special commitment to help Parkcrest start rebuilding its library with a $10,000 literacy grant.
Staff from both bookstores will help choose the books for the library, which opened on Tuesday in space at George Hilliard elementary, to where Parkcrest students moved.
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has also helped a First Nations school near James Bay, Ont.,
The Kashechewan First Nation is a fly-in-only Cree First Nation community and its St. Andrew’s elementary lost its books to a fire this past summer.
St. Andrew’s consisted solely of portables and was deemed too unsafe to use due to mouldy classrooms, jammed doors, electrical problems, faulty fire alarms, and more. The community declared a state of emergency in August and moved 400 elementary students to the high school.
The younger students go to school for four hours in the morning and the 212 older students attend from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The foundation has offered the $10,000 literacy grant to help St. Andrew’s start rebuilding its library.
ABERDEEN MALL STEPS UP
On Wednesday night, Aberdeen Mall and Coles teamed up to treat Parkcrest staff to an evening of dinner, shopping and a photo with Santa.
Kristi Williams, the mall’s marketing and specialty leasing manager, said Parkcrest staffers were each given a $200 gift card to spend in Coles to help replace some of the personal libraries that were lost in the fire. Coles added a 30 per cent discount for staff purchases.
In total, Aberdeen Mall and Coles provided $7,000 worth of gift cards to Parkcrest staff.