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 Schoolin 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.“
Voting for this school to receive the Indigo Love of Reading grant costs nothing. They’ve received many donations from people like you, but to receive the additional $10,000 grant, they need to receive more votes. Currently they are in second place, but they need about 200 more votes to win.
Voting is easy. Click HERE, sign in with Facebook or create an account, click on the pink “Adopt” button, then click “Adopt Now” on the page to which you’re redirected.
Voting ends October 10th at midnight!
If you’d like to make a donation, $12CDN (currently $9.26USD) provides them with an additional 10 votes. Your donation goes directly to the school. The votes are for them to receive the additional $10,000CDN Indigo Love of Reading grant, some of which can be spent on computers, etc, in addition to books. Should you donate more than $12, please divide it into $12 amounts. (E.g. if you donate $24, make two donations of $12 to get 20 bonus votes rather than just 10.)
Thank you to all those who are sharing this message far and wide. Thank you also to author Sally Georgina Cronin, for contributing this article and whose short story entitled “Trust” can be read on her original blog post.