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Lyn Public School Receives $7400 from Coles
Lyn Public School Receives $7400 from Coles
Posted on 12/02/2015

Coles Marks Giving Tuesday with a
 $7,400 Gift to Lyn Public School

(Pictured above: Lyn Public School Principal Jennifer Moore, left, gives Coles Supervisor Megan Gardiner a hug Tuesday after Gardiner announced a total donation of $7,400 to the school. The money will be used to purchase books for the school library.)

By Mark Calder

(Lyn) – It was a great way to mark Giving Tuesday.

Not only did the Brockville Coles book store donate $2,400 to Lyn Public School as proceeds from the recent Indigo Adopt-a-School fundraising program, the store sweetened the deal with an additional $5,000. The funding, announced during a ceremony Tuesday in the school gym, will be used to buy new books and educational games for the library through the local Coles bookstore.

Learning Commons Informationist Marg Mannseichner was thrilled at the unexpected windfall, which will help the school refresh the collection in the library. The $7,400 in funding could purchase more than 600 books. 

“We want to keep fuelling that fire kids have for reading,” said Mannseichner.

The fundraiser began earlier this fall, when the bookstore contacted Lyn Public School to “adopt” them under the program. The store was impressed at how the school had supported an earlier social media contest run by Coles encouraging students to vote for their favourite Canadian children’s book.

The love of books demonstrated by the school convinced the local store it was the right school to adopt, said Megan Gardiner, a supervisor at Coles’ Brockville store who oversaw the fundraiser.

“I love books and if I can help a child find a connection with a book it just makes my day,” Gardiner said.

The Indigo Adopt-a-School fundraiser included an online voting campaign, and a special event organized by Gardiner on October 3 at the Thousand Islands Mall. The supervisor collected donations for a silent auction that included everything from floral arrangements to an autographed copy of Sarah J. Maas’s Queen of Shadows. The store also hosted a used book sale at the mall, and challenged patrons to buy books for donation to the school. The challenge yielded several additional books, including collectors’ editions of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Staff from the store even read books to children at the event.

For more information, please call:

Marg Mannseichner
Learning Commons Informationist
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 345-5031

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