Students at Chimo Elementary School in Smiths Falls took a bit of time away from class Thursday to get a Valentine’s present. Kindergarten to Grade 4 kids trooped to the school library where seven Friends of the Smiths Falls Library members met them with boxes of books. This year, as they have for the past two, the Friends gave a book to each child to take home; last year books were given to students at St. James and the year before to Duncan J. Schoular pupils.
The books were funded with a $2,500 donation from Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group in Perth through their CARE program (Create A Ripple Effect). The program was initially started by Farmers’ Mutual Insurance Company out of Lindsay, and the story behind it is expressed on their website as this: “Wherever we feel that a difference can be made to the future of our children, the health of our neighbours and the general safety of those we care about, we give as generously as we can.”
The Smiths Falls Friends took the initiative, contacted the Commonwell Group, and eventually received money for the books.Kids each get one and “love the idea of going home with a new book,” said David Hoffman, a member of the Friends. Eight-year-olds Hope Seck and Ava Hinze both chose Moving Day with a promise to each other they would read it every night.