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Orange Shirt Day 2020

September 30, 2020

Orange Shirt Day

 

On September 30, Orange Shirt Day is a day when all Canadians come together to honour the thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children who were taken from their homes and forced to attend residential schools in Canada. Together, we acknowledge that this is not just a part of Canada’s history, but an ongoing struggle for all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples who continue to experience the legacies of settler colonialism in Canada. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation believes in the power of books as a tool for education and reconciliation. Along with our educational partners, we work year-round to ensure all Indigenous and non-Indigenous students have access to Indigenous knowledge, authors, and culture through books.

 

As a part of our commitment to Indigenous communities and cultural reclamation, we provided books from Indigenous authors to students in over 20 northern communities through our Community Response Fund in partnership with Connected North. As part of this program, Connected North is also hosting live classroom events with authors Waub Rice and Michael Kusugak so that students in remote locations are able to learn and engage with these inspiring authors.

 

Today, we encourage all Canadians to engage in meaningful dialogue around the long-lasting legacies of residential schools and the on-going systemic injustices experienced by Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

 

Below, we have assembled Orange Shirt Day resources to aid in these important conversations:

Orange Shirt Day resources

Orange Shirt Day Events

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Grant Day 2019 Waiver Process

May 7, 2019
  1. Download waiver form
  2. Principal to get the students’ parents/guardians and educators to sign the forms (parents/guardians form is on pg. 1, educators form is on pg. 2)
  3. Principal to keep all the signed forms until after the Grant Day event
  4. The Love of Reading team will reach out to the principal in early June with screenshots of the featured individuals (students & educators) in Grant Day materials
  5. Principal will send signed forms of those featured individuals to Love of Reading team for records and approval

*If there are students that cannot be featured on camera, please coordinate with Indigo team to try and ensure these individuals aren’t featured on camera* 

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WE’RE CELEBRATING WORLD BOOK DAY!

April 22, 2019

In celebration of World Book Day (April 23, 2019), the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, partnering with Indigo Books & Music, is donating 50,000 books to high-needs schools!

We are marking this special occasion by donating classic book sets to Canadian high-needs elementary schools that were participants in our 2018 Adopt a School program.

This classic book set includes cherished pieces of literature that will be great additions to any school’s library. We know these classic tales will be cherished by the participating schools and will ignite their students’ imagination and wonder.

Since 2004, the Foundation has been dedicated to putting books in the hands of Canadian children of high-needs elementary schools. This is part of our commitment to transforming the lives of children across the country by inspiring in them a love of reading. Together with Indigo, its customers and its employees, we have provided over $30 million to over 3,000 schools, impacting more than 1,000,000 children.

We are investing in a Canada where every child has access to books. Learn more about the high-needs schools we have supported in the past.

 

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Adopt a School FAQs

March 26, 2019

INFORMATION FOR 2019 SUPPORTERS

1. How do I find a school to support?

You can find a school to support through the Find a School tool located HERE.

2. What are the different ways that I can support a school?

In-store: Each school has been paired with an Indigo store that will be collecting money for their adopted school from September 14th to October 6th, 2019.

Online: Schools have selected 50 books that were loaded onto a registry for them at indigo.ca. For every unique title that is purchased from a school’s registry, Indigo will donate a second copy of the same book to that school.

3. How do I purchase a book from a school’s registry?

a) Find the school’s profile via the Find a School search

b) Click the registry link located on the school’s profile page

c) Add books from the registry to your cart on indigo.ca

d) When you are ready to make your purchase, click “Checkout Now” or the Shopping Cart icon on the top right of the screen.

NOTE: Purchases from an Adopt a School Registry cannot be combined with personal purchases as there is no way to split an order to go to multiple addresses. Orders under $25 may require donors to pay shipping costs.

e) Click “Proceed to Checkout”

f) Select “Ship to a Registry Address”

4. Do I need to know the school address to send a book from the registry?

No. School addresses are already attached to the registry. You simply have to select “Ship to a Registry Address” during checkout.

5. How do I know if someone has bought something from the registry?

When a book has been purchased the item will show as “Wish Fulfilled”.

6. What do I do if all the books on the registry have been purchased?

Supporters can still purchase copies of the books on the registry, but Indigo will only match the first 50 unique titles that have been purchased.

7. How long do I have to purchase a book off the registry?

Registries will be open to supporters from September 14, 2019 – Oct 6, 2019.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

1. I no longer want to receive emails from the Adopt a School program, how do I unsubscribe?

You can unsubscribe from our email communications by clicking here.

2. What is the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation?

Since 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has been dedicated to putting books in the hands of Canadian children of eligible* high-needs elementary schools. This is part of our commitment to transforming the lives of children across the country by inspiring in them a love of reading. Together with Indigo, its customers and its employees, we have provided over $31 million to over 3,000 schools, impacting more than 1,000,000 children.

*Generally, an eligible school receives at least 80% of its funding from the provincial or federal government and serve students in at least one of the following grades: Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, and Grades 1 through Grade 8. If more than 20% of school funding comes from other sources, please reach out to the Adopt a School team at adoptaschool@indigo.ca.

3. What is the Adopt a School program?

The Indigo Adopt a School program is an annual fundraising campaign that takes place over the course of three weeks each fall. This program is a terrific resource for high-needs Canadian elementary schools hoping to raise funds in support of their library!

Each participating school will be “adopted” by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store, who will fundraise in-store on the adopted school’s behalf for the three weeks of the Adopt a School program. The program will also have a way for supporter to donate to your school online, with more details on the online program to come later this spring.

4. How do you determine what elementary schools are high-needs?

The 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, that has a library budget of less than $30 per year per student, and where the school’s leadership identifies themselves as needing additional support for their school library and books more generally.

5. Why does the Foundation choose to focus on high-needs elementary schools?

Every child needs access to new and engaging books to develop the literacy skills that are critical for educational success and to inspire a love of reading. Due to insufficient funding for Canadian elementary school libraries, many children cannot access these new and engaging books.

The Foundation works to provide books to these schools with the goal that all Canadian children have access to the resources they need to develop strong literacy skills. By providing support to eligible high-needs elementary schools, we are equipping principals, librarians and teachers with the resources that are critical for promoting educational success and inspiring a love of reading.

6. Do you keep a portion of my Adopt a School donation?

No. Each participating school will receive every dollar raised to support their school library.

7. Do schools participating in the program receive a discount on books?

Indigo provides a 30% discount off the list price on books to all schools that participate in the Adopt a School program when they are using funds raised during the program.

8. What else is Indigo doing in the community to support schools and children’s literacy?

Through the generosity of Indigo, its customers and its employees, the Foundation grants $1.5 million in library support to high-needs schools across the country each year. Since 2004, over 275 high-needs elementary schools have received a Literacy Fund grant. These Literacy Fund grant recipient schools receive funding over a three-year period. For each of the three years, the grant recipient school receives 10% of the grant in the form of cash to spend on special projects that they believe will further promote literacy at their school, such as visits by special guest speakers and other literacy-related events. The grant recipient school receives the remaining 90% of the grant in the form of an Indigo corporate account for the purchase of new books at Indigo, Chapters and Coles, which are provided at a 30% discount.

 

INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

1. How do I update my school’s profile?

It’s very important to keep your school’s contact information up to date so you don’t miss any essential updates about the program. You can update your school’s profile information by logging in to your Educator Portal account and clicking “edit” under “Account Information.”

2. I forgot my password for the website, how can I reset it?

Visit the login page of your Educator Portal and click “Forgot password.” A temporary password will be issued to the email address you used when creating an educator profile.

3. My school has participated in previous years’ Adopt a School program. How do we access the funds raised for our school library?

Funds raised in past Adopt a School programs were distributed to your school in Indigo eGiftcards, which continue to be available in your school’s former Adopt a School online account. You can download them at any time to go shopping for new books by completing the following:

  1. Login to your school profile on the former Adopt a School website here: https://adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/signup
  2. Click ME in the upper right corner
  3. Click on Admin – this will direct you to your School Dashboard
  4. Click on Payouts
  5. Click Download to Shop on each eGiftcard – feel free to print this and use it in store or online at Indigo.ca

Note: If this is the first time you have visited the Payouts tab, for security reasons you’ll be asked to change your password and confirm your email address. Once you’ve completed those two steps, log back in and you’ll find your eGiftcards under Payouts.

HOW CAN MY SCHOOL PARTICIPATE? 

Applications for the 2019 Adopt a School program closed on May 10, 2019.

We will begin accepting applications for the next Adopt a School program in April 2020.

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About the Indigo Adopt a School Program

The Indigo Adopt a School program is an annual fundraising campaign that takes place over the course of three weeks each fall. This program is a terrific resource for high-needs Canadian elementary schools hoping to raise funds in support of their library!

Each participating school will be “adopted” by an Indigo, Chapters or Coles store, who will fundraise in-store on the adopted school’s behalf for the three weeks of the Adopt a School program.  The program will also have a way for supporter to donate to your school online, with more details on the online program to come later this spring.

The application for the 2019 Adopt a School program can be found in the Educator Portal. Apply by May 10, 2019!

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Books with Emotional Themes

January 31, 2019

Here are some great book titles that deal with emotional themes:

BOOK TITLES:

  • MY MOUTH IS A VOLCANO (ISBN: 9781931636858)
  • THE INVISIBLE BOY (ISBN: 9781582464503)
  • WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR TEMPER FLARES (ISBN: 9781433801341)
  • COOL DOWN & WORK THROUGH ANGER (ISBN: 9781575423463)
  • DO UNTO OTTERS (ISBN: 9780312581404)
  • YOU’RE ANGRY THROW A FIT OR TALK IT OUT (ISBN: 9781681522333)
  • WHAT IF EVERYBODY DID THAT (ISBN: 9780761456865)
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE KIND (ISBN: 9781939775092)
  • YOU CAN HANDLE CONFLICT HANDS OR WORDS (ISBN: 9781681522319)
  • YOU’RE IN TROUBLE FIB OR TRUTH (ISBN: 9781681522326)
  • WHEN I FEEL ANGRY (ISBN: 9780807588970)
  • MY SECRET BULLY (ISBN: 9781582461595)
  • YOU CAN LISTEN TO DIRECTIONS STOP OR GO (ISBN: 9781681522357)
  • THE GIGGLY GUIDE OF HOW TO BEHAVE AT SCHOOL (ISBN: 9781633225251)
  • THE GIGGLY GUIDE OF HOW TO BEHAVE (ISBN: 9781633225244)’
  • HOW TO BEHAVE & WHY (ISBN: 9780789306845)
  • HANDS ARE NOT FOR HITTING (ISBN: 9781575423081)
  • YOU CAN STAY IN CONTROL WILD OR CALM (ISBN: 9781681522340)
  • YOU CAN CONTROL YOUR VOICE LOUD OR QUIET (ISBN: 9781681522364)
  • HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY 10TH ANNIVERSARY (ISBN: 9780996099936)
  • HOW FULL IS YOUR BUCKET FOR KIDS (ISBN: 9781595620279)
  • WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU WORRY TOO MUCH (ISBN: 9781591473145)
  • MY MIXED EMOTIONS (ISBN: 9781465473325)
  • ITS OKAY TO MAKE MISTAKES (ISBN: 9780316230537)
  • THE FEELINGS BOOK (ISBN: 9780316043465)
  • F IS FOR FEELINGS (ISBN: 9781575424767)
  • WAY I FEEL (ISBN: 9781884734717)
  • FEELINGS FLASH CARDS (ISBN: 9780811871457)
  • WORRIES GO AWAY (ISBN: 9781444900170)
  • STRESS LESS: TIPS AND TOOLS TO HELP YOU CHILL (ISBN: 9781443148702)
  • ALL BIRDS HAVE ANXIETY (ISBN: 9781785921827)
  • WHOLE BUNCH OF FEELINGS (ISBN: 9781438011479)
  • WILL YOU FILL MY BUCKET (ISBN: 9781933916972)

 

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How to Raise a Reader

January 21, 2019

Helping your child learn to read is not only a joyful, connecting experience, but is also incredibly important in inspiring their lifelong love of reading.

When you raise a reader, that love of reading helps develop and strengthen their literacy skills—critical for educational success—beyond reading comprehension, including stronger self-discipline, longer attention span, and better memory retention.

Here at the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, we want to share tips for how to help your child along their reading journey.

Is your child between the ages of 2 to 4?

You may notice that your child’s attention span is getting longer and they are following storylines. Now is a good time to introduce stories that deal with emotions. Here are some more reading tips:

Who doesn’t love reading a book with a rhyme? It is helpful for learning and is such a fun time!

Not only will it help your child with understanding the content of the story, but it also is a great way to build bonds over the books you are reading together.

You never know when a good reading moment will pop up! Keep a book handy for some impromptu reading that will also encourage your child to be an anytime reader.

Getting your child involved in the activity is an important part to building their confidence towards reading.

Here are some great titles to check out that touch on emotional themes.

Be sure to check back at loveofreading.org as we share more reading tips and resources. Thanks to our friends at Indigo Books & Music for providing some of these great ideas!

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Partnering with Yoobi to give school supplies to Canadian classrooms

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has partnered with Yoobi to help give back to high-needs schools. The Foundation believes every child should have the resources they need for educational success and this partnership with Yoobi is another step in achieving that!

In Canada, for every Yoobi item purchased at Indigo, Yoobi will donate a school supply item to a Canadian classroom in need. This is where the Foundation comes in! We partner with Yoobi to identify schools with limited access to fundamental school supplies that would greatly benefit from these additional resources.

As of November 2018, Yoobi and the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation have donated 127,500 school supplies to Canadian classrooms!

One of those schools was Lake Avenue Elementary School in Hamilton, Ontario where the Foundation and Yoobi made an in-person delivery with 20 Yoobi Classroom Packs filled to the brim with school supplies. The students at Lake Avenue were incredibly excited by the arrival of these school supplies and enjoyed an afternoon of drawing, writing and creating with the new supplies.

Together, with Indigo and Yoobi, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is working to ensure that Canadian children at high-needs elementary schools have the tools they need to learn and be creative.