“…Canada buy the Book!”
Friday, September 6, 2013 – Councillor Chris Coleman, committee member of the Board of Directors of the FCM [Federation of Canadian Municipalities], with support from the Canadian Capital Cities Organization, was pleased to support Canadian authors and Canadian publishing businesses by donating 79 books of children’s literature to the students of Bishop Field Elementary School in St. John’s, NFLD.
“This pilot project represents gifts from municipalities representing all the regions of Canada; it’s a small effort with potential for big returns as it enables children to read,…..and learn more about their country at the same time,” said Councillor Coleman.
St John’s Councillor Sandy Hickman was thrilled that Councillor Coleman decided to launch this project in St. John’s, NL at Bishop Field Elementary. Councillor Hickman felt that these books would be a wonderful addition to the school’s Learning Resource Centre while enriching the students of Bishop Field.
“Councillor Coleman brings a perfect example of the sharing and cooperation that Canadians want to see. If it were not for tremendous gifts like this, these books (valued at over $1000) would never get into school libraries because of budgetary constraints,” said Councillor Hickman.
“This is a simple grassroots effort to bring all corners of Canada to youth in classrooms,” said Councillor Coleman. “This is about removing the barriers to learning about Canada and creating legacies for Canadian youth to improve both their reading skills and their understanding of a very diverse country. We hope to replicate the process at all FCM Board meetings.”
FCM 3rd Vice President, Clark Somerville, Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell & Victoria Councillor Chris Coleman with $1000 of children’s literature to be presented to a Newfoundland elementary school library.