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The gift of a good book

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Students at Brooklands School recently had a chance to bring a gift back to class for themselves and future learners.

Earlier this month, the school’s 147 students visited Chapters Polo Festival on Empress Street as part of the bookseller’s Adopt a School program. During the fall, the school raised more than $4,200 through the program, which has provided books to children at more than 450 schools since it was launched in 2009.

The school’s most recent visit to the Empress Chapters location once again saw students peruse the Indigo children’s section, where they each picked out a book to bring back to the school’s library.

Teresa Armstrong, library technician at the school, said the kids came back with a wide variety of titles, including picture books, non-fiction and novels.

"It’s been phenomenal," Armstrong said of the program.

But the books chosen by the kids aren’t just for them. The books will stay in the library for years to come to be enjoyed by other students. And when the next generation opens the covers of those titles, they’ll get to see who picked the book in the first place.

"We actually put a book plate inside that said ‘This book chosen by,’ and the student got to write their own name in it," Armstrong said.

"So those books will be in the library with the kids’ names for the next five, 10 years, depending on the life of the book."

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