7th Annual Give Back to School Day- Friday June 3rd, 2016

Corporate Teams beautify local public schools

The 7th annual Give back to School Day is being held this year in conjunction with the OttawaReads program. OttawaReads is a unique ONFE program in which employees from the corporate or public sector volunteer to read to JK/SK and grade one students on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in economically disadvantaged schools. On Friday, June 3rd, members of the corporate teams who usually read at the schools, will be working on projects to beautify the schools. This year we have five schools participating.  

Here is what you will see, beginning at 9am at each school:

  • Queen Elizabeth Public School, 689 St. Laurent Boulevard- Borden Ladner Gervais LLP staff will create a garden path to build on their previous years’ projects.
  • Roberta Bondar, 159 Lorry Greenberg Drive- Ottawa Police Service employees will be restoring a perennial flower bed around the school sign;
  • Carson Grove Elementary School, 1401 Matheson Road- GAP Factory store employees will be painting murals to welcome the 100+ Syrian refugees to the school.
  • Grant Alternative School, 2625 Draper Avenue- Algonquin College Students are painting murals for the exterior of the school to beautify the walls. 

Thanks to the staff at Borden Ladner Gervais, Ottawa Police Services, GAP Factory Store, and the students from Algonquin College for supporting local public schools.

When “OttawaReads” everyone benefits!

The Ottawa Network for Education’s OttawaReads program is a unique school/business partnership that draws volunteers from the corporate and public sectors to read one-on-one with children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes in Ottawa schools.

After attending an orientation/training session in their place of work, (individuals attend training workshops at ONFE), volunteers fulfill a weekly or bi-weekly one-hour commitment to read one-on-one with students in local schools. Each participating organization or individual reader is partnered with a school in their own geographic location. The number of volunteers requested from each organization is based upon the size of the company and the requirements of the partnering school.

Program Goals

  • To strengthen, enrich and improve student learning, specifically in Early Literacy skills.
  • To create a climate for involvement and interaction between schools and community.
  • To foster volunteerism within the corporate and public sectors.
  • To facilitate an increase in social and economic capital through enhanced literacy. 

Let us know if you or your company/organization would like to have a corporate presentation on OttawaReads by contacting Lee-Ann Scott 613-366-3085 x253

If you are part of a team of readers please register on the group volunteer site:

If you are an individual who wants to read aloud to children in Junior Kindergarten to grade 3 classes please register online and choose OttawaReads Early Literacy Read Aloud Program.  

Please note that all volunteer positions require careful screening and a Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC). Not all applicants will be accepted.

Borden Ladner Gervais


User login

Contact Us

Lee-Ann Scott, CVA
Director, Volunteer Programs
Phone: 613.366.3085 ext. 253

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • YouTube

OCDSB Volunteer Recognition Event