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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

Adopt-A-School: Vancouver Sun Children’s fund distributed $604,000 in emergency funds last year

Adopt-A-School: Vancouver Sun Children’s fund distributed $604,000 in emergency funds last year

Today marks the start of the seventh annual Adopt-A-School campaign during which we are again appealing to readers to consider the plight of children coming to school unfed, improperly dressed...

2017/2018

Thousands of students helped by Vancouver Sun Adopt-a-School readers and supporters

Thousands of students helped by Vancouver Sun Adopt-a-School readers and supporters

The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School program has so far this year sent more than $623,000 to 85 schools across the province to feed hungry children and ensure they are properly clothed....

2016/2017

Telus donation funds technology for Vancouver special needs students

Telus donation funds technology for Vancouver special needs students

More than 1,500 special needs students in Vancouver will now have access to the latest learning technology, thanks to a donation from Telus and a grant from the Vancouver Sun’s...

2016/2017

Kids on Salt Spring Island not immune to poverty and hunger

Kids on Salt Spring Island not immune to poverty and hunger

A small notice taped to the counter near the checkout in Mouat’s hardware store in Ganges showed Gulf Island schools are no more immune to the evils of childhood hunger...

2016/2017

Young parents get a helping hand; Adopt-A-School program helps ease stress of holiday season

Young parents get a helping hand; Adopt-A-School program helps ease stress of holiday season

Baby Kellan didn’t wait for Christmas for a present, he just dipped a hand into one of the many London Drug gift bags sitting on a table in Coquitlam’s Alternate...

2016/2017

Helping with attendance a step toward graduation

Helping with attendance a step toward graduation

Joe Leibovitch has run schools in Toronto, but never had anything like Surrey’s Attendance Matters to help him deal with the professional agony of seeing a child’s future being decided...

2016/2017

Students raise $11,400 for hungry children selling cupcakes

Students raise $11,400 for hungry children selling cupcakes

The mothers of Jessica Atkinson and Anna Julia Rogo must have thought they had seen the last of the cupcakes after their eight-yearolds sold 55 home-baked ones to raise money...

2016/2017

Surrey’s Wrap Around team supports teens

Surrey’s Wrap Around team supports teens

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...

2016/2017

Some kids go hungry when school closes; Many students don’t get services they need when the holidays arrive Vancouver Sun

Some kids go hungry when school closes; Many students don’t get services they need when the holidays arrive Vancouver Sun

When Sarah McKay and other members of the Surrey school district’s Wraparound Team contemplate the Christmas holiday, it’s with dread, not joy. The team cares for 80 of the most...

2016/2017

100 cases of donated tuna goes far to fight hunger; Five schools will share generous donation from Blundell Seafoods

100 cases of donated tuna goes far to fight hunger; Five schools will share generous donation from Blundell Seafoods

Three Vancouver and two Surrey schools will share 100 cases of tuna donated by Richmond’s Blundell Seafoods for families living in poverty as part of the company’s donation to The...

2016/2017

Helping bridge weekend hunger gap; Money will create cooking program, emergency fund to buy clothes, shoes

Helping bridge weekend hunger gap; Money will create cooking program, emergency fund to buy clothes, shoes

The poor could give seminars on the gaps in their lives. The gaps without food, without money, without bare necessities – if they have plenty of anything, it’s gaps. So...

2016/2017

School wants to help feed poor children again; Institution in gentrifying area lost special funding amid housing boom

School wants to help feed poor children again; Institution in gentrifying area lost special funding amid housing boom

Until recently Mount Pleasant Elementary school was designated inner-city and eligible for special funding from the Vancouver School Board to help its poorest of families. But that’s finished. It had...

2016/2017

Single working parents get welcome lift: After-school programs provide invaluable help

Single working parents get welcome lift: After-school programs provide invaluable help

It’s a story that crops up in almost every school – the single mother working morning, noon and night for minimum wage and still unable to feed her children properly....

2016/2017

For some children, school is as close to family as they will get

For some children, school is as close to family as they will get

It takes only a few paragraphs written by the principal of one learning centre to another to lay bare the tragedy of a young life. The details are so stark,...

2016/2017

Chilliwack’s Watson Elementary needs help feeding 50 hungry kids a day

Chilliwack’s Watson Elementary needs help feeding 50 hungry kids a day

For Elaine Arsenault the beautiful moments at school far outweigh the ugly. “I’ve been head-butted, spat upon, I’ve been called a crackhead and worse,” said the child and youth care...

2016/2017

Canada lags behind in its care for impoverished children

Canada lags behind in its care for impoverished children

Ensuring that children thrive is the ultimate motherhood issue, so unsurprisingly there is overwhelming public support for it. But that support has never been translated into action in Canada. Sixteen...

2016/2017

Children will go hungry in Surrey school if breakfast program is lost

Children will go hungry in Surrey school if breakfast program is lost

Surrey principal Angelo Morelli says it would be a tragedy if his school, K.B. Woodward Elementary in Whalley, ever lost its breakfast program which feeds up to 60 hungry children...

2016/2017

Program at Sir Charles Tupper secondary school helps teen parents graduate

Program at Sir Charles Tupper secondary school helps teen parents graduate

Seventeen-year-old Rena Nadeau admitted there was a time she considered dropping out of school. Eighteen months ago, she was pregnant and it looked like her school days were over. “I...

2016/2017

One in five children in B.C. live in poverty

One in five children in B.C. live in poverty

One in five B.C. children live in poverty, a rate that is unchanged from 20 years ago, First Call’s 2016 B.C. Child Poverty Report Card shows. That’s 163,000 kids living in...

2016/2017

Families at Edmonds Community School struggle to buy food and pay rising rents

Families at Edmonds Community School struggle to buy food and pay rising rents

Social assistance rates have been frozen for almost a decade in B.C. while a white-hot real estate market has pushed rents through the roof. Which is why Sean Gaster, principal...

2016/2017

Hunger still a major issue in many B.C. schools

Hunger still a major issue in many B.C. schools

This province has children who arrive at school each morning hungry, improperly clothed or without adequate footwear. Not just dozens or hundreds. Thousands. All they can hope for is the...

2016/2017

A closet for students who don’t have one at home

A closet for students who don’t have one at home

There are some students attending Vancouver’s Sir Charles Tupper Secondary who own their own cars. And there are some who own only the clothes on their backs. The gulf that...

2016/2017

SOS saves families from hunger

SOS saves families from hunger

Each month the SOS room in the basement of Norquay elementary offers a lifeline to as many as 14 impoverished families. The acronym stands for Support Our Students but it’s...

2016/2017

Burnaby school breakfast program gets boost from group of businesswomen

Burnaby school breakfast program gets boost from group of businesswomen

In 2011, The Vancouver Sun’s Children’s Fund sent $11,000 to Edmonds Community School to pay for breakfasts for the 45 children coming to school hungry every day. “We’ve just about...

2016/2017

Help feed hungry children at Edmonds Community School

Help feed hungry children at Edmonds Community School

Edmonds Community School in Burnaby is a culturally rich and diverse school with more than 48 countries represented by our students and families. Many of the 330 students attending the...

2016/2017

Truck makes hefty Christmas haul; London Drugs marks fifth annual toy run with donations to five schools

Truck makes hefty Christmas haul; London Drugs marks fifth annual toy run with donations to five schools

It’s not a sleigh, and there are no reindeer, but there are Santa’s helpers, so when that big blue and white truck pulled up outside Bonaccord elementary school in Surrey...

2016/2017

Volunteers, bus tickets and breakfast needed in Maple Ridge

Volunteers, bus tickets and breakfast needed in Maple Ridge

Suburban living doesn’t get much better than in Maple Ridge, says Trevor Connor, principal of Maple Ridge Secondary. And on a bright day in the midst of the tidy, well-kept...

2016/2017

Telus, Hyatt join forces to help school: Family day at Beaconsfield part of ongoing contribution to community

Telus, Hyatt join forces to help school: Family day at Beaconsfield part of ongoing contribution to community

Earlier this year, Lord Beaconsfield Elementary’s classroom computer system that was on the verge of collapsewas rescued by a $25,000 Telus donation to The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign. The school...

2015/2016

Community comes to rescue of hungry families in Surrey

Community comes to rescue of hungry families in Surrey

Such is the state of poverty in some North Surrey homes that a family recently had only a single onion to eat between them all weekend. “That’s all they had,”...

2015/2016

Homeless teens often stay hidden

Homeless teens often stay hidden

Homelessness among teenagers is an invisible epidemic, says Dawne Tomlinson, principal of Langley Secondary. “You will see homeless adults in Langley but you won’t see homeless teenagers because they are...

2015/2016

Truck makes hefty Christmas haul; London Drugs marks fifth annual toy run with donations to five schools

Truck makes hefty Christmas haul; London Drugs marks fifth annual toy run with donations to five schools

It’s not a sleigh, and there are no reindeer, but there are Santa’s helpers, so when that big blue and white truck pulled up outside Bonaccord elementary school in Surrey...

2015/2016

Meet a success story: Teen mom credits her education and career to CABE program

Meet a success story: Teen mom credits her education and career to CABE program

This time of year, charity fatigue often sets in. As we’re busily recovering from the bounty that is Christmas, or maybe even planning to hit a few Boxing Day sales,...

2015/2016

Beedie Group helps children in need, stepping forward to ‘adopt’ neighborhood school

Beedie Group helps children in need, stepping forward to ‘adopt’ neighborhood school

It’s Friday and lunch day at Burnaby’s Douglas Road Elementary and there’s nothing but joy on the face of principal Mary-Ann Brown as she dishes out the macaroni and cheese...

2015/2016

London Drugs toy run is all about Christmas spirit

London Drugs toy run is all about Christmas spirit

Should you be in search of the spirit of Christmas, so often lost in the rush to retail and piles of wrapping paper, look no farther than the delighted face...

2014/2015

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