De Beers’ Books in Homes program is returning to the Northwest Territories.
The program, launched in 2003, sees representatives from De Beers enter several community schools and set up a book fair for students.
Each student is then permitted to select three different books free of charge.
De Beers’ Canada Communications Superintendent Terry Kruger says he’s seen first hand big an impact the program can have on kids.
I remember walking through the hallways after a class has gone through and there’s kids sitting along the wall with the books open going through them and reading them even before they get back to their class or back home. It’s really a magical time.
The program expanded to James Bay in 2006, but besides that has not changed much, and Terry says that’s mostly because they just haven’t seen any need to.
It’s a proven success. The program gets books into kids hands, they go home and they read those books and they get a love for reading and for literacy.
The program begins on April 11 at Mezi school in Wha Ti, goes to Jean Wetrade Gameti School April 13, Elizabeth Mackenzie in Behchoko on April 18, Chief Sunrise, Harry Camsell and Princess Alexandra in Hay River on April 25, Alexis Arrowmaker in Wekweeti on April 27, Chief Jimmy Bruneau in Edzo on May 2, back in Hay River at Diamond Jenness and Ecole Boreale on May 9, Deninu in Fort Res on May 11, Lutsel K’e on May 16, Ndilo on May 22 and finally wrapping things up in Dettah on May 24.