Glen Stewart Primary School library aims to win $10,000

Ellen MacLeod, left, and Luke Cusack, Grade 1 students at Glen Stewart Primary School, curl up in a chair to read with teacher-librarian Carrie St. Jean. The school is trying to win $10,000 through Indigo’s Adopt and Don’t Stop campaign. Sarah Seeley photo.
Ellen MacLeod, left, and Luke Cusack, Grade 1 students at Glen Stewart Primary School, curl up in a chair to read with teacher-librarian Carrie St. Jean. The school is trying to win $10,000 through Indigo’s Adopt and Don’t Stop campaign. Sarah Seeley photo.
By Sarah Seeley
Sept. 29, 2014

Glen Stewart Primary School teacher-librarian Carrie St. Jean enjoys sharing the love of reading with her students.
“It’s very satisfying to put the right books in a child’s hand and give books to teachers to put in their curriculum.”
But the school’s collection of 10,000 books is worn and torn after years of being read and cherished by students.
Earlier this year, St. Jean registered the school in the Adopt A School campaign.
For three weeks in September, the Indigo bookstore chain will donate a percentage of its sales to the registered schools.
In celebration of the campaign’s 10th anniversary, Indigo is also donating $10,000 to a school in each province.
Glen Stewart is entered in the Adopt and Don’t Stop: 10th Anniversary $10K Giveaway. They are competing against Parkside Elementary School in Summerside to see which school will get the most online votes.
“It’s a win-win situation. We will get a percentage of Indigo’s sales, but we would also like to win the prize,” said St. Jean.
Glen Stewart has already received more than 5,000 votes as the contest nears the end. St. Jean said it would be close between the two schools.
“It’s a friendly competition, but at this point it’s a real horse race. We’re neck and neck trying to get in first position. I think it’s going to be down to the wire.”
The best part of the challenge for St. Jean is the school pride sparked by the contest.
“Students, parents and teachers are so excited. People are talking about the importance of books in our schools and libraries. It has really struck up a conversation about literacy and how crucial it is to get books into students’ hands.”
Glen Stewart, a school of 600 students, hosts two book fairs a year to raise funds for the library, but the $10,000 would go a long way to help it replace worn books and add new books to its collection.
“If we are successful, it would be a great enhancement to our collection.”
St. Jean said the teachers and students have been busy encouraging friends and families to vote.
“It has really got our Home and School group on fire. They’ve been using social media and handouts to promote the campaign.”
To support the campaign, go to http://www.adoptaschool.indigo.ca/eng/schools/1068. Voters are allowed one vote per day and the contest closes on Oct. 5 at midnight.

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