Sawmill Creek Elementary School
Adopted by: Chapters South Keys
Sawmill Creek Elementary School supports many students from a low socioeconomic background as well as students from a local women's shelter. A love of reading begins in the home; unfortunately, for many Sawmill Creek students this is not the case. Many of the school's students have difficulty with language and reading due to lack of family support, resources and/or life experience. Many families do not have the funds to provide books or technology to access literacy materials in the home.
In January of 2016, Sawmill Creek Elementary School began welcoming an unprecedented number of Syrian refugee children into its school community. Only one other school in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board recorded a greater number of registrations from refugee families. In a sixth month period, Sawmill Creek experienced a sudden shift in its demographics with the addition of 47 new Syrian students. The school had an immediate need for a variety of resources to support these new and vulnerable students in the school community. Five years later, the school library continues to struggle with obtaining the necessary funds to provide appropriate books for these at-risk students. Funding is required for a variety of books including those that help students build vocabulary and fluency skills. In addition, funding is needed for books that reflect the students' own culture such as 'Salma the Syrian Chef' and 'Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey'. The Adopt-A-School Program could play an important role in providing refugee children at Sawmill Creek with supports for their literacy acquisition as well as allowing them to make connections to books in which they could see themselves represented.
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