Richmond Hill, ON--23 April 2015. Compugen Finance Inc. is proud to be a supporter through its Green4Good® Program of the DeMar DeRozan All-Star Book Program. NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan and his fiancée Kiara Morrison are spearheading the program. Participants this year began reading and discussing their books in January. The program gave nearly 300 grade five students at ten selected schools the opportunity to read and passionately discuss some remarkable Canadian books and an opportunity to start building their own personal library. The program, with support from CFI and First Book Canada, distributed over 3,000 age-appropriate books this year.
The DeMar DeRozan All-Star Book Program challenges the students to read a book and write a book report each week for ten weeks, representing DeRozan’s jersey number: 10. The class with the most comprehensive and timely book reports will win tickets to the final Toronto Raptors home game this season, a meet and greet with DeMar DeRozan and new books for every student in the winning school. Students from last year’s winning school, St Jane Frances Catholic School, were present and acknowledged at program launch.
Compugen Finance Inc. donated 10 refurbished notebooks with Microsoft software, one to each of the participating schools for use in their library as well as a Kobo e-Reader for each of the classes participating in this year’s program.
Dixie Public School was winner of this year’s program, announced at an event on 15 April 2015.
Comments from this year’s program participants included:
“I really liked the program and all the books in it because they were all so interesting and the program helped my reading and writing skills.” – Darlene, Dixie Public School, Program Winning School for 2015.
“This challenge has brought so much happiness to this whole class. We improved so much in reading and writing, like you don’t even know.” – Alyssa, St. Jane Frances Catholic School
“I liked the book challenge a lot and I’m glad I moved schools this year because if I didn’t I wouldn’t have read this much and I’m really glad.” – McKenna, R.L. Graham Public School
Our support for youth literacy is consistent with Compugen’s long-term commitments to Frontier College’s aboriginal youth literacy programs and other programs such as Connected for Success™ and Shape the Future™ in support of general and digital literacy.
Please join me in thanking Steve Byrne, Director of Green4Good, and acknowledging the commitment and inspiration provided by DeMar DeRozan and other program sponsors.
Steve Glover, Senior VP, Compugen Finance Inc
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