TORONTO, Ontario (February 25, 2019) – First Book Canada and Tata Consultancy Services partnered to provide books to students at King Edward Junior Public School with a Reading Celebration on Friday, February 22nd. First Book Canada invited guest author/illustrator Paul Covello, who spoke about his process and his recent book Canada Animals. Each of the 54 grade 1 and grade 2 students received a brand new, signed copy of Covello’s book to take home for their personal library. The school received a $500 gift certificate to purchase brand new, high-quality books and educational resources for the students participating in the event. The school also received a 1,000 book donation from Tata for all of the students in the school.
Though books and educational resources are critical, they are scarce for many children attending high-needs schools. Access to adequate resources is the single greatest contributor to educational inequity, but recent research identified vast ‘book deserts’ concentrated in high-needs communities.1 In a poll of the First Book Canada network, 88 per cent of respondents reported that resources from First Book Canada help to close the achievement gap for the kids they serve.
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Calyssa Erb, Communications Coordinator, First Book Canada
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