An Island school was awarded an $84,000 grant to boost literacy and transform its library.
Souris Consolidated Elementary is one of 20 "high needs elementary schools" across Canada that will receive a chunk of this year's $1.5 million from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.
Karen Mullally, a Grade 3 teacher at Souris Consolidated, said it's wonderful news.
"When we found out, we were just screaming and yelling, we were just so ecstatic. We just couldn't believe it. Because it's a lot of money, $84,000 is a huge impact on a school, like, that's years and years of fundraising for one school," said Mullally.
The money will help the school buy books, e-readers for every class, and a new spelling program.
In 2008, the province conducted school-by-school literacy evaluations. The assessments found that only 20 per cent of students at Souris Consolidated were reading at their grade level.