Big win for Coley’s Point Primary
Online contest earns school almost $20,000 in literary supplies
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.
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.
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.”
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.