BMO 'Week of Books' for New Canadian Kids-BMO Financial Group Donates 60,000 Books to Children Across Canada

BMO 'Week of Books' for New Canadian Kids-BMO Financial Group Donates 60,000 
Books to Children Across Canada 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/13 -- BMO Financial Group
has committed to giving away 60,000 books as part of the First Book
Canada's March book distribution. The books, from the BMO 'Week of
Books,' will largely go to students who come from immigrant families
across the country.  
Rob Sanders at Greystone Books said, "Books have the power to
transform a child's life. Providing kids from low-income families
with books of their own is an investment in their overall quality of
life. Books can encourage an appreciation for learning and
storytelling, and they can boost a child's self-confidence."  
Over the course of this week, BMO Financial Group and volunteers will
have helped First Book Canada distribute over 60,000 brand-new books
to over 20,000 children and youth.  
"BMO Financial Group has helped us in a significant way to reach so
many new groups who have registered with us over the past two months
and we are very appreciative of their generous support. We are
thrilled to be able to support these schools and community groups
serving new Canadian children," said Tom Best, executive director of
First Book Canada. "As always, we are indebted to our publishing
partners and we are overwhelmed by the dedication and enthusiasm of
the school teachers, librarians and principals along with community
leaders who are taking time to ensure their children are getting
access to these wonderful books."  
To kick off the Easter long weekend for these students, there will
also be a reading party at a school in Brampton on Thursday, March
28th, 2013. Volunteers will read to children in their classrooms and
help them make a bookmark. Each child will take home three brand-new,
age-appropriate books to begin building their personal libraries.  
"Our support will give children across Canada access to badly needed
books that they can keep," said Nada Ristich, Director, Corporate
Donations, BMO Financial Group. "Hopefully this initiative will help
elevate the quality of their education and encourage a life-long
interest in reading that will be invaluable as these children go onto
further their education."  
The books were donated by HarperCollins Can
ada, Groundwood Books,
Random House of Canada, Firefly Books, Greystone Books as well as the
Children's Book Bank. 
The First Book Canada Effect  
When children receive brand new, high quality books from First Book
Canada, their interest in reading nearly triples. 99% of the schools
and community-based programs that register with, and receive books
from, First Book Canada report that they are able to increase and
strengthen their literacy efforts and curricula as a result. Research
indicates that when families participate in family literary
intervention programs, full dependence on public assistance is
reduced from 67% to 11%. First Book Canada addresses one of the most
important factors affecting literacy - access to books.  
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About BMO Financial Group  
For more than 195 years, BMO Financial Group has believed in
community reinvestment and corporate and social responsibility in the
communities it serves. In 2012, BMO contributed more than $87.6
million in donations, sponsorships and events in Canada and the
United States to groups, organizations and programs that help build
and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities. 
BMO Financial Group
Beja Rodeck
Media Relations
(416) 867-3996
First Book Canada
Tom Best
Executive Director
Cell: 416 -949-0056 or 1-866-393-1222 Ext 0130
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