Stephenville teacher encourages groups to take advantage of free books
The Western Star
Barry Kendall is hoping that eligible organizations will take advantage of the inaugural First Book Canada pop-up event coming to Newfoundland in Stephenville.
The instructional resource teacher at Stephenville Elementary School said First Book Canada, which distributes books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in Canada, never had such an event in Newfoundland and Labrador before.
He said the organization wanted to get into the province with their pop-up event but never had the opportunity.
Kendall first learned of First Book Canada through Chapters Indigo about a decade ago while he was working in Nain, Labrador, at Jens Haven Memorial School.
He applied for a grant through Chapters Indigo and while be never got one, they referred him to First Book Canada – which offers several ways to help children, from infancy to 18 years.
Kendall said any organization that deals with children can become involved in the program just by registering in the First Book Canada website and shopping for any materials they have listed.
He said prices on the website (firstbookcanada.org) range from 50 to 90 per cent off the retail value with new books right from the publisher.
Kendall said at times they offer members gift certificates through corporate funding they receive.
Jens Haven Memorial received books from First Book Canada and since he’s been working with Stephenville Elementary the past two years, that school has received $3,500 in gift certificates.
The main thing he is working on now is a book distribution event. For this they had to find a sponsor to take care of the cost of shipping the books to the location of one of these events.
“They (First Book Canada) are going to ship the books in August, and we’ll store them until the event takes place in September,” he said.
Kendall said the publisher they’re dealing with for the event is Disney Worldwide Publishing and the sponsor for their event is Scotiabank.
At the September event, members can pick up as many books as they need, and volunteers will help them take the books to their vehicle. Members will leave with their books free of charge.
Her said any organization dealing with children up to 18 years of age can register to be a member. There is no cost to register.
For more information he said people can visit the First Book Canada website or contact him at email@example.com.
Kendall said students benefit from this through the teaching aspect of books and other materials.
He said all information given to First Book Canada is confidential and will not be shared outside that organization.
First Book Canada eligible registrants:
• Shelter and clinics.
• Libraries and museums.
• Faith-based organizations.
• Out-of-school time programs.
• Early childhood programs.
• Military Family Support programs.