Deh Gáh School in Fort Providence has received a $10,000 grant from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation to help support literacy in the community.
Principal Angela Griffin told Cabin Radio the funds will be spent over three years. So far, the school has used the money to purchase books by Indigenous authors and provide children with a new book on their birthday.
“We choose an Indigenous book that’s at their level,” said Griffin, “because a big part of literacy is to get the kids reading something they can connect with, something they enjoy in order to engage them, but also something that’s at their level.
“If you ask children to read something that’s above their level, they become frustrated and they give up, so the whole idea is to basically engage a love of reading and a love of literacy in the children as well.”
Griffin said the school has started a program whereby teachers from Grade 1 to Grade 9 take part in guided reading with their classes every day.
“We’ve seen a significant increase in literacy,” she said. “We’ve been working really hard to change things.
“We’re very grateful for the funding and, of course, it’s a welcome addition … but it doesn’t stop there. It’s a daily concerted effort to change things for these kids.”