On October 9th at North Kipling Junior Middle School in Etobicoke, Ontario, bestselling children’s author and illustrator, Nicholas Oldland read and signed copies of his book ‘Up The Creek’. More than 40 Tata employee volunteers from Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Communications and Tata Global Beverages (Tetley Tea) joined First Book and Oldland to present each Grade 1 students with three brand new books.
Students (and volunteers!) listened enthusiastically as Nicholas Oldland, read “Big Bear Hug,” a book they had read last year in class.
This Grade 1 student was proud to take home an original Nicholas Oldland drawing of the big bear hugging a bus.
Jaguar Land Rover Canada President, Lindsay Duffield, shared the importance of reading to open doors in the future.
“It’s an honour to serve the neediest in our communities and equip the next generation with the most powerful tool to overcome poverty – a love of literacy and learning,” said volunteer Jennifer Dickens, Tata Global Beverages.
“Reading with the students at North Kipling Junior Middle School was even more rewarding than I expected! The students and I each had our books in front of us, and we all read out loud, together. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and I hope the kids won’t either,” said volunteer Shannon Harvey, Jaguar Land Rover Canada.
Tata companies are also making a larger donation of books to Ontario. This is Tata’s third book donation of 10,000 books in Canada since 2012. Many thanks to First Book Canada, Tata Companies, and their incredible employee volunteers for making this event so much fun!