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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Island school awarded $84K grant to boost literacy

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.