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NEO Kids has its own reading nook thanks to these Northeastern Elementary kids

Chair and books purchased with grant; Lasalle shop class built a bookshelf
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Students from Northeastern Elementary School introduced a reading nook to staff at NEO Kids this summer. With an experiential learning grant, students purchased a chair from Leon’s, collected a series of books from Bay Used Books and Chapters, and built a wooden bookshelf with students from Lasalle Secondary School. The presentation included, back row, from left, NEO Kids paediatricians Dr. Tara Baron, and Dr. Melanie Breau, and front row, from left, students Rayah Doyle, Lillie Windsor, teacher James Eady, and students Austin Liinamaa and Adam Selalmatzidis. (Supplied)

Students from Northeastern Elementary School are sharing their love of reading with patients at the NEO Kids Care Centre. 

Thanks to the school, a new reading nook was established in the foyer of the centre during the summer. 

The project began when Grade 7/8 teacher James Eady applied for an experiential learning grant from Rainbow District School Board to give students the chance to give back to others.

“Reading is an important part of the culture in my classroom,” said Eady, in a press release. “When students decided to share their love of literacy, they couldn’t think of a more deserving organization than NEO Kids.”

With grant funds, students purchased a chair from Leon’s, collected books from Bay Used Books and Chapters and partnered with students from Lasalle Secondary School to build a wooden bookshelf. 

“Students used their creativity to share their passion for reading, a building block for all learning,” said Rainbow District School Board director of education Norm Blaseg. “We commend James Eady and his students for making a difference for children in our community.”




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