One of Susan Gionet’s favourite days of the year? Delivering new books for young students at Glen Falls school in Saint John. Watch the video to see why:
The books go to Glen Falls School Literacy Night, hosted annually for parents and students. “We have family-friendly, fun activities for parents and students planned,” said Jill Nylen, Community Schools Coordinator at Glen Falls. “With the help of Irving Paper and their donation of books and prizes, this will help our students build their home libraries.”
“We are always thankful for our partnership with our Irving Paper PALS,” she said. “Their willingness to support our students and our school is overwhelming. It’s nice to have a partnership where our students benefit greatly.”
The internationally-recognized PALS (Partners Assisting Local Schools) program began in 2000. Co-founded by Mr. J.K. Irving, the program aims to help break the cycle of poverty by partnering local businesses and community groups with neighborhood schools, with a focus on academic achievement and a positive learning environment, and providing enriching opportunities for children both in and out of school hours.
Irving Paper is one of over 150 PALS and community partners supporting more than 20 schools in The Saint John Education Centre. JDI has dedicated over 70,000 hours of volunteer time to making a difference in the lives of local children.
Interested in learning more about PALS? Contact Deborah Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.