Book Drive Funds International Literacy Program
Celebrate Family Literacy Day with Grade Learning and Better World Books
For Immediate Release: January 7, 2011
TORONTO, ON: Grade Learning, Ontario’s largest full-service education provider announces the first ever Grade Book Drive which helps support the literacy efforts of Better World Books (BWB) – a for-profit social enterprise that collects books and sells them online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. To date, BWB has sold 53 million books and generated over $9 million in funding.
“In celebration of a New Year full of promise, we are calling upon Ontarians to give the gift of literacy by dropping off their gently used books to our campuses,” said Michael Bateman, President and CEO, Grade Learning. “Having helped thousands of Ontarians reach their literacy goals, we’re aware of the life changing effect improved literacy can have. Now we’re looking to make this impact outside of the province.”
Grade Learning is challenging Ontarians to donate 3,000 books at each of our campuses. Books can be dropped off at any Grade Learning campus. Find your nearest campus at www.gradelearning.ca.
“We’re challenging our students and our communities to help us reach our goal,” said Les Rothschild, a Grade Learning Owner. “Having been involved with Grade Learning for over 15 years and as the Owner of nine campuses, I’m proud to see all of our campuses working together toward a common goal – and looking forward to some friendly competition to see who can collect the most books!”
The Grade Book Drive begins today and will run until January 26th, which is Family Literacy Day. Created by ABC Life Literacy Canada, Family Literacy Day encourages Canadians to spend at least 15 minutes enjoying a learning activity as a family every day.
“We are thrilled to be working with Grade Learning to carry out our mission of bringing literacy to people around the world,” said Chris Johnson, Director of Community Initiatives at BWB. “A portion of the books collected help fund a wide range of programs all geared towards enriching the education of people no matter what their age or where they live. Grade Learning is an ideal organization to partner with to help people around the world reach “what’s next” in their literacy journey.”
About Grade Learning:
Grade Learning (formerly Grade Expectations Learning Centres), Canadian owned and operated, has been a leader in individualized training and education since 1993. Ontario’s only full-service education provider, Grade Learning supports learners of all ages with their Career College, Private School, Individualized Tutoring, Specialized Training, Corporate Training and ESL programs. Highly qualified teachers and an individualized curriculum help learners achieve their education and training goals. With campuses across Ontario, Grade Learning has an experienced staff who possess their Bachelors of Education or who are qualified Microsoft Office Specialist, Career College and TESL instructors. For more information: http://www.gradelearning.ca
For more information about Better World Books, please visit: http://www.betterworldbooks.com/
Michael Bateman, President and CEO, Grade Learning is available for interviews.
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