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Desjardins Foundation grant promotes literacy at Chelmsford Public School

Students holding up books

Chelmsford Public School has received $2,975 from the Desjardins Foundation to promote reading. A cheque presentation took place at the school on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Staff and students at Chelmsford Public School have been participating in the Great Reading Race since September. It’s a school-wide literacy challenge where readers accumulate kilometres.

“Implementing a friendly challenge is a fun way to encourage students to read,” said Chelmsford Public School Principal Pablo Gil-Alfau. “So far, our readers have travelled all around the world. We now have our sights set on the moon!”

Funds from the Desjardins Foundation were used to purchase a new book for each student in the school. Books were chosen based on student interest and reading level. Older students selected the books for students in Kindergarten to Grade 1 based on personal reading interest surveys.

“We are grateful to the Desjardins Foundation for supporting our ongoing efforts to promote a love of reading,” said Principal Gil-Alfau. “As reading is the foundation for all learning, this donation will have a positive and powerful impact now and into the future.”


Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,
Rainbow District School Board, 674-3171, ext. 7217.

Cheque presentation
A $2,975 grant from the Desjardins Foundation has enabled Chelmsford Public School to purchase new books for students. Jean Bisson, General Manager of Caisse populaire Vermillon Inc., made the generous donation during a special celebration at the school on February 19, 2019. Vice-Principal Carrie Wilson thanked the Desjardins Foundation for promoting literacy, the building blocks for all learning.