Big win for Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary

On­line con­test earns school al­most $20,000 in lit­er­ary sup­plies

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

A Con­cep­tion Bay North school has earned the top prize in an on­line lit­er­ary con­test.

Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary beat out 10 other schools in the Indigo Love of Read­ing Foundation’s Adopt a School com­pe­ti­tion and will re­ceive $10,000.

Prin­ci­pal Blair Hur­ley was ex­cited at the com­mu­nity sup­port given to the school dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“We are tremen­dously grate­ful for the out­stand­ing sup­port we re­ceived from staff, par­ents, fam­i­lies, busi­nesses, and the en­tire school com­mu­nity,” Hur­ley told The Com­pass in an email.

Indigo do­nates hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to schools in need across Canada, with the Top 3 in each prov­ince de­ter­mined through vot­ing by the gen­eral pub­lic. The first place school re­ceives $10,000, the sec­ond place school earns $7,500 and the third place gets $5,000.

Win­ners

The Bay Roberts school will not only re­ceive the funds to go to­wards up­grad­ing its li­brary — it will also re­ceive 984 books through do­na­tions from the gen­eral pub­lic dur­ing the con­test.

In fact, all schools that re­ceived do­na­tions to­wards books will get those do­na­tions.

An­other lo­cal school, Cabot Academy, will re­ceive 91 books . Cabot was also spon­sored by Coles book­store in the Vil­lage Mall for the pro­gram, which helped them raise funds. It raised $1,000.

Other win­ners in New­found­land in­cluded St. James Ele­men­tary in Port aux Basques and Hill­side Ele­men­tary in La Scie, who earned sec­ond and third re­spec­tively.

Co­ley’s Point

The fund­ing will be a great ben­e­fit to Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary, which has an an­nual bud­get of $3 per child. There are 350 stu­dents in the school.

A wave of so­cial me­dia ac­tiv­ity helped cat­a­pult the school into a spot as a front-run­ner, even across the coun­try.

“Our school com­mu­nity, along with fam­ily and friends across the coun­try were buzzing with en­ergy and com­pet­i­tive spirit in hopes of help­ing con­trib­ute to a suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing cam­paign,” Hur­ley ex­plained. “It was truly an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

He is quite happy that it’s not just the cur­rent stu­dents that will ben­e­fit either.

“Th­ese much needed resources will cer­tainly com­ple­ment all lit­er­acy ini­tia­tives at our school and boost the re­ju­ve­na­tion of our school li­brary. While our school will def­i­nitely ben­e­fit im­me­di­ately, the stu­dents of Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary will ben­e­fit for a life­time.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A group of stu­dents at Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary in Bay Roberts and prin­ci­pal Blair Hur­ley thank Indigo for help­ing them up­grade the school li­brary.

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