Just two hours after CKNW told you about an inner city school in Langley which was disqualified from a contest to win ten thousand dollars worth of books, a major development.
A Langley neighborhood rallied around Douglas Park Community School to win a contest for $10,000 worth of desperately needed books.
It was through the Indigo/Chapters “Adopt a School” campaign.
But after the contest ended, they were disqualified, because people allegedly voted from multiple sites, which is against the rules.
The school had garnered enough votes and donations to win Indigo/Chapters “Adopt a School” campaign, and Principal Esther Schmit says everyone was devastated by the news.
“I cried, it was heartbreaking because we had so many people support us, we actually had teachers from schools who were also in the contest who were voting for us, because they realized our need was far greater than their need.”
But just hours after CKNW first reported on the story, Janet Eger , Vice President of Public Affairs for Indigo Books, says after reviewing the circumstances, Indigo’s Love of Reading Foundation will provide a separate donation, equal to the value of the prize they would have won, in this case, ten thousand dollars.
Upon hearing the news, Principal Schmit was elated.
“I think it’s another great lesson for the kids, that wrongs can be righted.”
On top of the $10K, the school will also receive the 445 books raised through the adopt a school program.
Listen to the Principal’s reaction when she learns about donation:
And then more good news from Black Bond Books…
The owner of Black Bond Books says she wants to donate one thousand books to the school as well after hearing what happened.
Cathy Jesson says she opened her first store in the same neighbourhood as Douglas Park. CKNW’s Simi Sara surprised Douglas Park’s Principal while interviewing her on the show today.
Contest rules unclear
Earlier today. supporter Graeme Shepherd told CKNW reporter Shelby Thom it was a huge blow.
“It is a very needy school, they need it, a lot of high needs student, and they don’t get a lot of funding. They have a PAC that is run by a couple of parents, they do a phenomenal job, but they don’t have the resources that some of the other local schools have.”
Indigo stated that at the close of the contest those deemed ineligible were removed and the results recounted, as per the contest rules,
However, upon examination of the rules, CKNW was unable to determine exactly where in the rules it states that people must vote from the same computer device everyday. Indigo has not yet responded to our request for clarity.