MISSISSAUGA, ON, February 28, 2018 – On Tuesday, February 27th, over 300 students from schools in the Peel District School Board celebrated the culmination of the Raptors 905 Winter Warm Up Reading Challenge at the Hershey Centre. The program challenges fifth grade students to read and submit a book review on one book each week, for seven weeks. As part of the Reading Challenge, students had the opportunity to attend a Raptors 905 game and have a virtual class visit with one of the authors. This program is generously sponsored by Bank of Montreal, Compugen’s Green4Good program, the Raptors 905, and Pizza Hut.
The celebration day at the Hershey Centre included special guests Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and celebrated Canadian author Eric Walters, as well as the opportunity for students to learn first aid and basketball skills and receive additional books from Nelson Education to take home. The celebration day also revealed the winning class of the Raptors 905 Winter Warm Up Reading Challenge, who will receive the Reading Champions banner to hang in their school.
“This experience defined the concept of ‘real-world’ learning,” said Heather Wellard, teacher of the winning class from Tony Pontes Public School. “My students transformed into book critics, news reporters, and graphic designers in order to give their opinions on literature that they may never have been exposed to otherwise. Students had to meet deadlines, be creative, connect and share with the world using social media. What an engaging, valuable, and rewarding program for young readers.”
“Raptors 905 couldn’t be happier with this program and the enthusiasm that has been shown by everyone involved, especially the fifth-grade students from across the PDSB,” said John Wiggins, Director of Team Operations for Raptors 905. “This is the second year that we have had this program and the growth from last year to this year is exciting. I look forward to seeing how we can continue to grow this initiative to support our community and encourage more engagement with the youth of Peel Region.”
“We were pleased to join other corporate donors in co-sponsoring this great literacy initiative led by First Book Canada. Our Green4Good program is designed to help corporations with their end-of-first-life™ IT assets and encourages them to donate the funds raised through the remarketing of these refurbished devices to local charities and community-based programs, including this reading challenge,” said Brent Smiley, Director, Compugen’s Green4Good program. “This year the Green4Good program donated 12 refurbished Dell Laptops to the Reading Challenge, which we handed out at the event to each participating school. The Dell laptops came from our refurbishment program and were relicensed with Microsoft software.”
Courtesy First Book Canada
“All of us at First Book Canada are inspired and in awe of the work, the creative effort, and enthusiasm each Peel Elementary School has put into this reading program,” said Tom Best, Executive Director of First Book Canada. “All the students and teachers have risen to the challenge, and they are all champions. We are so grateful for the full support of our sponsors, especially the Raptors 905 organization for fully embracing this program."
Courtesy First Book Canada
About Compugen’s Green4Good®
Green4Good® is an IT asset re-use and recycling program under Compugen Finance Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Compugen Inc. The Green4Good program operates under the guidance of a volunteer Board of Advisors made up of IT and environmental industry leaders. To date, the Green4Good program has processed over 1,500,000 unique IT-related assets and raised over $2.8M for charity while re-using over 92% of the technology. Green4Good also recently launched a new program called CarbonBank™ which provides their clients with self-generated Carbon Credits through the refurbishing of their IT assets. These Carbon Credits can be used to lower their Carbon Footprint.
About First Book Canada
First Book Canada provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. By making new, high quality books and educational resources available on an ongoing basis, First Book Canada is transforming the lives of children and elevating the quality of education in the country. Since 2009, First Book Canada has distributed over 6 million new books to hundreds of thousands of children in need across Canada. For more information, or to register for books, visit firstbookcanada.org and follow the latest news on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Brent Smiley, Director, Green4Good
Compugen Finance Inc.
[See below for list of schools and books]
RAPTORS 905 WINTER WARM UP READING CHALLENGE
The 12 Participating Schools
Caledon East Public School
Castle Oaks Public School
Credit Valley Public School
Hillside Public School
Lorenville Public School
McKinnon Public School
Nelson Mandela Public School
Queen Street Public School
Red Willow Public School
Ross Drive Public School
Sherwood Mills Public School
Tony Pontes Public School
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The Goat by Anne Fleming (Groundwood)
To Burp or Not to Burp by Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti (Annick Press)
The Cat at the Wall by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)
Fight to Learn by Laura Scandiffio (Annick Press)
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (Hachette Book Group)
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova (Hachette Book Group)
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