West Kent Elementary is preparing to offer French immersion in the fall.
Charlottetown School becomes a dual track school as part of zoning changes implemented by the PEI Department of Education.
This means that around 175 French immersion students will come to West Kent in September.
One of the most important expenses will be the provision of books for the school. The ministry says it has a three-year plan for stocking the new French classrooms and the school’s library.
She will have the essentials by September, then invest in expanding the collection over the next two years.
But some parents take the initiative to make sure there is a good selection from the start.
Marina Silva-Opps, whose son will be dezoned from Spring Park in West Kent, is organizing a book drive in hopes of raising at least 500 books.
“The kids usually bring home three or four books a week. And you have 170 kids,” she said. “Just do the multiplication. It takes a lot of books.”
With the old, with the new
Buffy Macdougall-Hambly, acting deputy manager of West Kent, said new shelves were being built and staff were busy getting rid of old books and large encyclopedias they no longer needed to make. the place for new French books.
“A library is never completely finished,” she said.
New and used French books can be dropped off at West Kent and Spring Park Elementary until May 26.