|Section A: School Information|
|Full Name of School||Don Bosco School|
|Address||13615 Deer Ridge Drive SE|
Calgary, Alberta T2J 6S7
|School Board or other Affiliation||The Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Division|
|Grades served by your School|
|Number of students at your school in eligible Grade Levels||241|
|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|
|Secondary Contact Information|
Secondary Contact Information
|Name||Meaghan van Steenbergen|
|1. Has your school previously participated in the Indigo Adopt A School Program||No|
|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?||No|
|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?|
|8. How did you find out about the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation?|
|Section B: Authorized Account Representatives||The 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.|
|Name||Meaghan van Steenbergen|
|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 story||This 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?|
As the principal of Don Bosco School, I am passionate about doing the best for my students and giving them every chance to be their best. I became principal of Don Bosco in August 2021 and with my fresh eyes, I see the need for resources in the school. The school community is one of complex and diverse learners. We support students from various socioeconomic backgrounds that includes families is Calgary housing and subsidized housing. Like many communities, the pandemic has caused gaps in learning and student literacy/numeracy. This is the ideal year to be the recipient of such a generous grant.
|2. What literacy initiatives already exist at your school?|
To support literacy:
|3. How has literacy at your school been impacted by COVID-19 and how would receiving this grant make a difference?|
Absolutely literacy has been impacted by Covid-19! In 2021-22, Don Bosco had numerous mandated isolation periods. The inconsistency of attendance made at home learning and in school learning excessively challenging. We can see the impact this year with our students' continue struggles. Further to last year, this year has also been impacted because of the wave of infection for students and staff. Now wIth individual students away, they return trying to "catch up"while the class has continued with the curriculum in class or with a guest teacher because the teacher has had to stay home. Classes are a range of at least two years below grade level and due to our community complexity, only to grade level. While we focus on literacy, we also knew that we have to first support our students executive functioning which is now impaired. With the lack of structure at times, students struggle to focus, stay seated, self regulate and follow directions so we have to focus on increasing their stamina. This means, we are managing multiple and complex needs in addition to literacy. Don Bosco being the recipient of this grant will really support resources for small groups/intervention groups because we have enough resources to disperse amongst the classes. as well, it increases our learning common resources and student access to favourites that increase reading interest.
|4. How would you rate reading engagement in your student population?||3|
|Section E: Past Adopt A School participants|
|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?||51-75%|
|3. What was the dollar amount spent on books per student last year?||$ 4.00 CAD|
|4. Approximately what is the average age (in years) of library books in your school?||7|
|5. With additional funding in place through the Adopt A School program, what literacy pillars are you looking to grow in your school library/classroom collections?|
|Please indicate your response to the following statement: "Our students have equitable access to diverse and representational books and educational resources.”||Disagree|
|Please indicate your response to the following statement: “Our students have equitable access to Indigenous-based reading content.”||Disagree|
|Please indicate your response to the following statement: “Our students have equitable access to books that interest them and support a love of reading.”||Agree|
|6a. Please include 1-2 short-term goals that you have for your library learning commons and/or classroom libraries|
With a PK-9 population: to provide a variety of reading material to support the wide range of readers in age, interest and level. Graphic novels for resistant readers, novel series for those who want to read, picture books and readers that support language development by learning phonemic awareness, phonics. vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.
|6b. Please include 1-2 long-term goals that you have for your library learning commons and/or classroom libraries|
To increase the resources for our students to develop a love of reading as well as support an increase in resource access which in turn will allow for continued Intervention groups and multi-age reading groups.
|7a. Does your school have priorities surrounding diversity/anti-racism?||Yes|
|Section G: Amplifying Awareness and Connecting with your Community|
|Section G Description|
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?|
Create storyboards of favourite books
|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?|
Community social media pages
|Date Created||May 4, 2022|