Schools in Need

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Queen Alexandra: Fill the Gaps Program

Queen Alexandra: Fill the Gaps Program

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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Tupper Alternative Program

Tupper Alternative Program

There’s nothing extravagant about what the alternative school program at Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Secondary needs from the community. Food, clothing and bus tickets. Some students don’t have enough to...

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Maple Ridge Secondary: Food getting scarcer as donations dry up

Maple Ridge Secondary: Food getting scarcer as donations dry up

At Maple Ridge Secondary, students who were going through an entire day without food had been able to get a nutritious lunch thanks to an Adopt-a-School donor who provided funding...

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CABE: Help Build Our New Kitchen

CABE: Help Build Our New Kitchen

CABE, Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education secondary school, has applied to Adopt-a-School for $55,000. The school wants to renovate and expand an old kitchen as a teaching kitchen to teach the...

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John Henderson Elementary School | Vancouver

John Henderson Elementary School | Vancouver

Many students entering Henderson Elementary School have low literacy levels and are just not ready for school as they have had no exposure to English language reading at home. Our...

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Guildford Park Secondary: Helping refugee children overcome trauma through art

Guildford Park Secondary: Helping refugee children overcome trauma through art

For many refugee students attending Surrey schools, their bodies may be safely in a classroom, but their minds are still inhabiting the dangerous places they fled. Surrey likely has the largest population of refugee families...

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Coquitlam: Help Buy Breakfast for Impoverished Students

Coquitlam: Help Buy Breakfast for Impoverished Students

The Kateslem Youth Society, a non-profit that works in the Coquitlam school district providing a variety of services, including helping to feed lunch to needy children, is seeking $10,000 to...

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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. “This is...

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Surrey: Attendance Matters Breakfast Program Feeds 800 Children

Surrey: Attendance Matters Breakfast Program Feeds 800 Children

Attendance Matters, which has been supported by The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Adopt-a-School initiative since 2011, has resulted in a substantial drop in absenteeism rates among children from kindergarten to...

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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

KidSafe is applying to The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign for $10,000 to support its winter break program. “If this program wasn’t here, a lot of kids would have their safety compromised, they...

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Frank Hurt Secondary: 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

Frank Hurt Secondary: 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...

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Ecole North Oyster: Donations needed to feed hungry children

Ecole North Oyster: Donations needed to feed hungry children

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...

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Strathcona Elementary kids need food, warm clothes

Strathcona Elementary kids need food, warm clothes

At Lord Strathcona Elementary School, many parents struggle to provide food, clothing, bus tickets and other necessities for their children. Strathcona needs $15,000 in emergency funds to meet their kids’...

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Vancouver Technical Secondary: Student-run breakfast program

Vancouver Technical Secondary: Student-run breakfast program

Each morning a small, dedicated group of students arrive at Vancouver Tech on East Broadway at least 1½ hours before classes begin to help serve breakfast to their fellow students....

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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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Maple Ridge Secondary School

Maple Ridge Secondary School

Help raise funds to provide a much-needed hot breakfast two days a week at Maple Ridge Secondary School, clothing and bus tickets for those in need; and emergency food for...

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Wrap Around Team: Surrey

Wrap Around Team: Surrey

In Surrey’s highways and byways they are known as the Wrap Around Team – 15 school liaison staff and their RCMP associates who help juveniles rated at extreme risk for...

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Mount Pleasant Elementary School | Vancouver

Mount Pleasant Elementary School | Vancouver

For some families at Mount Pleasant Elementary School, weekends, with no school meal programs, are especially hungry times. Help us to change that....

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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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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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Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School | Vancouver

Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School | Vancouver

Young mothers at Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School need help and encouragement to get to classes. Moral encouragement is one thing, providing diapers and baby wipes, formula, or modest gift...

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Langley Secondary School

Langley Secondary School

A number of students at Langley Secondary School live too far away to walk and they can’t afford the bus fare to get to school. The school is seeking $1,500...

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John Norquay Elementary School | Vancouver

John Norquay Elementary School | Vancouver

Support our Students, SOS, is a program that supplies non-perishable foods and grocery gift cards to families that find themselves in financial hardship. Our goal is to raise $3,000 to...

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Edmonds Community School | Burnaby

Edmonds Community School | Burnaby

Students who start the day on an empty stomach can’t learn. For many children at Edmonds Community School , whose families are struggling, our $10,000 fundraising goal will mean the...

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CABE Secondary School | Coquitlam

CABE Secondary School | Coquitlam

CABE, which stands for Coquitlam Alternate Basic Education is a 200-student public secondary school servicing the Tri-Cities, designed for students experiencing social and behavioural issues, and its student body includes...

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Watson Elementary | Chilliwack

Watson Elementary | Chilliwack

Many students at Watson Elementary have suffered trauma in their young lives, prompting times of uncontrollable outbursts that can hurt themselves and others....

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Departure Bay Elementary Eco School | Nanaimo

Departure Bay Elementary Eco School | Nanaimo

The school’s kindergarten program includes nature walks to forest and beach areas and students need backpacks. However, some parents are unable to afford backpacks which makes it difficult for them...

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