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Duke of Connaught Public School

Adopt A School 2022 Store Partnership View

IMPORTANT: The schools are sharing sensitive information with us. Please keep it confidential by ensuring that you only discuss it with colleagues. Note, we will provide context on what you can share with supporters as we get closer to September.

  • You will be asked to provide your first choice, second choice or indicate whether you would like the LOR team to choose a school for you. Our hope is everyone gets their first choice.
  • For an overview of all the questions the school was asked, click here. Note schools were not required to answer all the questions.
  • No single piece of information (or even a collection of data points) gives you a full picture of the community. This information provides context for the school’s experiences as they work to build literacy, but there is always more to learn beyond the words and numbers.
Using this page:
  1. Search and review the PDF applications using the search feature below.
  2. Filter your search by province, french speaking, first nation, and 3-digit store number. The search filter uses AND logic. Click “Reset” to remove your search criteria.
  3. When using the store search, please remember that schools were asked to choose a local store they would like to partner with. However, this is only a request and does not mean that the school can’t be picked by another store.
  4. Submit the schools you would like to partner by visiting the form here.

* You may opt-out of the school selection and allow the LOR team to make the choice. Please visit the form and put the checkbox on the “Opt-out” question.

Want to see if a school has already been chosen by another store? View submitted school selection entries here


Section A: School Information
Full Name of SchoolDuke of Connaught Public School
Address70 Woodfield Road
Toronto, Ontario M4L 2W6
School Board or other AffiliationToronto District School Board
Grades served by your School
  • JK
  • SK
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
Number of students at your school in eligible Grade Levels750
Does your school have charitable status?No
The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation defines a high-needs school as a Canadian publicly funded elementary school that receives at least 80% of its funding from the provincial or federal government. Does this accurately represent your school funding situation?Yes
Principal Information

Principal Information

NameCarol Shea
Phone(416) 393-9455
Emailamber.austin@tdsb.on.ca
Secondary Contact Information

Secondary Contact Information

TitleTeacher
NameAmber Austin
Phone(416) 393-9455
Emailamber.austin@tdsb.on.ca
Additional Information
1. Has your school previously participated in the Indigo Adopt A School ProgramYes
What year(s)?
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
2. Has your school been awarded a Literacy Fund grant in the past?No
3. Is your school a French speaking school?No
4. Is your school French Immersion?Yes
5. Do you have an English-speaking staff member available for correspondence via phone?Yes
6. Is your school a First Nations School?No
7. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation specifically directs resources to communities in need. Which of the following demographic groups does your school community identify as serving?
  • Low socio-economic
  • Indigenous
8. How did you find out about the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation?
  • A former Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant recipient or applicant
  • Other
Section B: Authorized Account RepresentativesThe Foundation now allocates grants through the Adopt A School program in the form of an Indigo Corporate account. Your school is permitted to have up to three (3) authorized account representatives who will have purchasing power on your account. The principal of your school must be one of the designated representatives. In the event that your application is successful, please indicate the other two representatives you would like to have on your account,.we suggest that your Teacher-librarian or library technician are includes as reps.
Contact 1

Contact 1

NameCarol Shea
TitlePrincipal
Emailcarol.shea@tdsb.on.ca
Contact 2

Contact 2

NameAmber Austin
TitleTeacher
Emailamber.austin@tdsb.on.ca
Section C: Selecting your partner store

In the event that your school is selected as an Adopt A School partner, what store location (eg. Indigo, Chapters, Coles, Indigospirit store) in your community would you like to be partnered with to help fundraise for your school library?

Remote/rural schools: We recognize that some recipient schools will be located at a significant distance from a store. We suggest selecting a store that is closest to you geographically if possible.

Section D: Tell us your storyThis section is your opportunity to provide the Foundation and our Indigo partners with the story of your school, students, and community. We want to learn more about the challenges you face in accessing literacy resources, but also the commitment you’ve demonstrated in the face of these challenges. Please be specific as you discuss your local demographics as well as any special programs and/or government/board designations that may exist in your community.
1. Why have you chosen to apply for the Adopt-A-School Program this year?

Our school is very large and has an amazing, diverse community. We are one of the largest K- 8 schools in Toronto. We have English, early French immersion, middle immersion, extended French, gifted and ASD programs currently running at our school. One of the challenges we face is meeting the literacy goals and providing resources for so many programs. Many of the literacy initiatives at our school run through our school library. However, our library program was canceled last year, and has been given a half-time status this year and next year (2022-2023), due to budget cuts. We are adjusting to this new situation. The recommended number of books per student is 30 titles per student., but our library has less than this number - only 23.96 titles student. In addition, many of our resources are outdated (average age of collection is 2007). We are writing to you to apply for this program in order to help support our literacy initiatives moving forward.

2. What literacy initiatives already exist at your school?

Our Library Learning Commons aims to connect students with books and digital resources connected to TDSB Heritage months. In this space, we encourage inquiry and digital citizenship to engage the students in collaborative inquiry. We are an Aanse school, and partner with the Urban Indigenous Education Centre to provide inclusive programming for our community. In addition, we have run the Forest of Reading program this year and in the past, to connect students to new Canadian content and also to give them an opportunity to engage and have a voice in literacy selections. Also, we have a Library Helpers group, made up of students in grades 4 - 8, who help with literacy initiatives like book talks and resource selection. Read Up ran at our school as an extracurricular prior to Covid and we are hopeful it will return.

3. How has literacy at your school been impacted by COVID-19 and how would receiving this grant make a difference?

Covid-19 has had a major impact on our school. First, our library was completely shut down last year. There was no teacher-librarian and the physical space was closed. Students did not access books, the collection, or a library learning specialist for over one year. In addition, all supports for literacy - like our Learning Coaches, Early Years Reading Interventionists, Transitions Support Coaches and Guidance - were canceled. These supports continue to be modified or canceled this year. Our library, which has re-opened this year, is now only operating half-time. Our teacher-librarian is operating on a half-time schedule, and is in a classroom as a homeroom teacher the other half day. The other learning supports (coaches, guidance, etc) have again been canceled this year due to Covid. This grant would greatly help us by infusing some much needed funding and ideas into our programs which have suffered greatly over the past two years due to closures. It would also generate some much needed enthusiasm into our library program by providing us with new and exciting resources, to help encourage the love of reading and excitement over the library space.

4. How would you rate reading engagement in your student population?3
Section E: Past Adopt A School participants
What percentage of your school's library budget (including both school and classroom libraries) comes from fundraising initiatives, including the Indigo Adopt a School program?0-25%
What were the benefits the last year you participated in the Adopt A School program?

First, we really enjoyed the partnership with our community store, which was, in the past, the Coles store at Queen and Lee. It really gave us a connection to the community and to the store. Thoughtful donations, such as one where the employees picked their favourite children’s book and delivered it to us at Christmas, was an amazing experience. The students at our school were so excited to see these new books and to look at the favourite books from the store employees. This promoted student voice, and encouraged them to suggest and request books within our collection. Students often picked books from the Chapters website, which really generated excitement within our population, and it allowed us to consistently buy new and current resources for our community.

Did you face any challenges, and if so, please discuss.

Our last year was interrupted by Covid and really limited our ability to participate.

Why do you want to see the Adopt A School return to your school?

Our annual school improvement plan centralizes on the board’s three areas of focus: equity, well-being and student achievement. Through the pillar of equity, using an anti-oppressive stance, we are focusing on addressing the prevalent issues related to Racism. Using strategies to address Anti-Black and Anti-Asian Racism, Truth & Reconciliation work, support the LGBTQIA+ students, among other social factors that highlight discrimination; we are continuously working to ensure that the intersecting identities of our students and staff are identified, valued and supported accordingly. Our school student data has shown that equity, anti-racism and anti-oppression will help close the persistent achievement and well-being gaps our students are facing due to demographic factors such as family income, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and disability, among others. Additionally, our student data has shown some representation of Indigenous identities. Hence, we have had the opportunity in receiving professional development and support for school support staff in infusing Indigenous perspective and cultural awareness, across the curriculum for all students. Within the context of pedagogy and the delivery of the curriculum, we have identified effective instructional strategies based on our students’ identities, abilities and lived experiences in order to create the conditions necessary for deep and meaningful learning. Using culturally and historically responsive pedagogy has been one of these approaches to respond to our students’ histories. Grant funds from the Adopt A School program would be very welcome and used to support further professional development opportunities so that staff and teachers continue to learn about best pedagogical practices with an anti-oppressive lens, and to buy literacy resources to support these initiatives and areas.

What new ideas do you have to improve the campaign this year?

We know student voice has been missing over the past two years due to Covid restrictions. We would really like to get students involved in the Adopt-A-School program. Through the Library Helpers club, Student Council and Book Club, students would come up with initiatives to help support this program and encourage the love of reading in our school.

Section F: Library Status and future state
1. Does your school have a school library?Yes
2. What percentage of classrooms at your school have classroom libraries?0-25%
3. What was the dollar amount spent on books per student last year?$ 14.00 CAD
4. Approximately what is the average age (in years) of library books in your school?2007
6a. Please include 1-2 short-term goals that you have for your library learning commons and/or classroom libraries

As a short term goal, we would like to add more primary French picture books. We have French immersion now starting in JK, and all of the kindergarten and primary classes that come to the library take out a French and English book. However, our French collection of primary picture books is much smaller and less diverse. A second goal is to close gaps in some non-fiction areas. For example, one area that needs updating is STEAM. We are particularly interested in getting more books with Indigenous content for Science. Also, non-fiction materials that are accessible to primary students is another goal. Currently, we are getting feedback from teachers to see what areas they feel need the most support.

6b. Please include 1-2 long-term goals that you have for your library learning commons and/or classroom libraries

As a long-term goal, we would like to focus on having students use our books, and in particular the non-fiction section, for inquiry and research. For our library, many of our resources are outdated and in bad shape. The nonfiction area in the library is not widely used due to outdated materials. I would like to revitalize this space by bringing in some new and exciting resources, to encourage students to use books - not just computers - when doing a project. In addition, we would like to support our classrooms with guided readers, since not many of our classrooms have sufficient and diverse classroom libraries to support the literacy needs.

7a. Does your school have priorities surrounding diversity/anti-racism?Yes
Section G: Amplifying Awareness and Connecting with your Community
Section G Description
  • One of the main goals of the Adopt A School program is for our Indigo stores and high-needs schools to connect with their surrounding community to generate awareness about the Canadian literacy crisis and about the challenges schools and educators face.
  • A large part of what contributes to fundraising success during the run of the Adopt A School campaign rests on building firm partnerships between schools and their supporting Indigo retail partners in executing a unified vision.

This section of the application will give you a chance to express your ideas and capacity for effectively partnering with a neighboring (or remote) store to communicate your story, as well as promote awareness-raising activities within your own school and parent community.

Partnering with an Indigo store: How would you partner with a neighborhood or remotely-located store to bring your school’s story to life?

If we were chosen to be an Adopt-A-School participant, I think I would want to ask our school community and our students what ideas they have. I think the idea of bookmarks sounds amazing, but I would want to put this question to our students, and to see what ideas they have. I think that student voice is so important here. If we were chosen, I would ask this question and generate ideas within our school community. Library Helpers, Student Council and classroom involvement would all be used to help generate ideas.

Generating awareness within your own School and parent community: How would you raise awareness for the Adopt A School program with your members of your School and/or parent community?

First, we would include a monthly update in our newsletter about the Adopt-A-School program. This goes home to parents each month and is widely used as a source of information for important events and information at our school. Hosting a literacy night and discussing this at Curriculum Night would be something that we would do to encourage parent and community support. Again, I would want to engage students and parent council, to ask for their ideas.

Date CreatedMay 1, 2022