Thank you to all who “adopted” Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik Elementary School, spread the word, and made donations to its library.
While the votes and donations received online are still being confirmed by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, the information thus far is that we collected 1637 books for this high-needs elementary school.
As a second-place winner in terms of number of adoptions received, Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik Elementary School in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, will receive an additional $7500 grant from the Love of Reading Foundation.
What principal Catherine Keeling had to say about Jimmy Hikok’s library and what the Indigo Adopt a School contest meant for them:
“Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik is located in Kugluktuk, Nunavut in the arctic circle. We are a traditional school that values family, community and literacy. We believe in community-based education and that the whole community aids in supporting the children in their learning. The library at Jimmy Hikok is a small but comfortable space. It has an open concept and is a focal point in the main hallway where parents, students and staff pass all day. It is where community members come to read stories during literacy nights. Although the library is present in its physical existence, the majority of our books are at least 20 years old, in poor shape and of low interest to our students. We are looking to update our library with high interest, quality literature. We envision a library that is comfortable and encouraging; a space that welcomes even the lowest level readers and cultivates a love for reading and learning about the world around them. Our students love to read, but it is our responsibility to foster that love.“