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Burnaby Central’s music therapy program at risk of playing last note

Burnaby Central’s music therapy program at risk of playing last note

It’s a singalong jam session and dancing lesson, and for the seven special-needs students in Burnaby Central Secondary, the hour with music therapist Don Hardy is pure joy. “For these...

2017/2018

Attendance Matters program serves breakfast to get kids to come to school

Attendance Matters program serves breakfast to get kids to come to school

Principal Angelo Morelli describes his North Surrey school as both fortress and sanctuary for the 606 children assigned to his care. The fortress consists of the locked exterior doors, the...

2017/2018

KidSafe a welcome spot when school’s out; At-risk children will have a place to go with program helped by reader donations

KidSafe a welcome spot when school’s out; At-risk children will have a place to go with program helped by reader donations

Almost 25 years ago a Vancouver boy was seriously assaulted during school holidays – an attack that would not have happened had he had a safe place to go instead of just wandering the...

2017/2018

Company makes a difference for kids in ‘profound poverty’; Raven Hydronic Supply’s gift of $5,000 a year meets basic needs like food, clothes

Company makes a difference for kids in ‘profound poverty’; Raven Hydronic Supply’s gift of $5,000 a year meets basic needs like food, clothes

Four years ago staff in a Surrey heating supply company were disturbed at discovering the extent at which impoverished students in their neighbourhood were suffering. “We were reading The Vancouver...

2017/2018

‘I Had Nothing For The Other Kids Who Were Hungry’; School near Ladysmith struggling to feed students

‘I Had Nothing For The Other Kids Who Were Hungry’; School near Ladysmith struggling to feed students

It’s easily the worst moment of the day when a hungry child comes to her for food and there is nothing to give. “It’s horrible,” says Christine De Vries, the secretary of Ecole...

2017/2018

Students Drive Breakfast Idea: Unique program at Van Tech feeds upwards of 100 kids each day

Students Drive Breakfast Idea: Unique program at Van Tech feeds upwards of 100 kids each day

Each morning a small, dedicated group of students arrive at Vancouver Tech on East Broadway at least 1½ hours before classes begin. They aren’t there doing anything to advance their...

2017/2018

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Admiral Seymour:  Emergencies and Experiences

Admiral Seymour: Emergencies and Experiences

It was Seymour teacher Carrie Gelson’s letter published in The Sun in the fall of 2011 that disclosed how inner-city teachers were being overwhelmed by children not only hungry and ill-dressed, but often in emotional and spiritual anguish. The public was disturbed by the letter and this newspaper felt compelled to act. ...

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Queen Alexandra Elementary | Vancouver

Queen Alexandra Elementary | Vancouver

Many families at Queen Alexandra Elementary are on income assistance, living in social housing, or in transitional housing fleeing abuse. Many are unemployed, new immigrants or working in low-paying jobs....

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Surrey School Breakfast Programs

Surrey School Breakfast Programs

The Surrey school board needs $100,000 to feed 854 vulnerable students breakfast in 22 schools. These students would otherwise go hungry and the Attendance Matters Program is designed to encourage...

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