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Adopt-a-School  has dispersed $3.8 million to schools over past eight years; Money raised is primarily used to feed students, but provides multiple services

Adopt-a-School has dispersed $3.8 million to schools over past eight years; Money raised is primarily used to feed students, but provides multiple services

The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School program has sent $567,328 to 94 schools throughout the province this year to help teachers feed, clothe and care for children suffering from poverty. Since AAS...

2018/2019

Telus donation helps kids keep up with technology

Telus donation helps kids keep up with technology

Youth who age out of foster care here face a high risk of addiction, homelessness, unemployability and teenage pregnancy. “That’s been our experience,” said Kathleen Bennett, executive director of the Northwest Inter-Nation...

2017/2018

OpenRoad Auto Group helps children in its communities with Adopt-a-School donation

OpenRoad Auto Group helps children in its communities with Adopt-a-School donation

It was a combination of wanting to give back to the community and hearing stories of children in need that touched the charitable heart of the OpenRoad organization. It began...

2017/2018

Birchland Elementary: Former Seaforth Highlander steps up for Birchland pupils

Birchland Elementary: Former Seaforth Highlander steps up for Birchland pupils

Trevor Street asks a simple question: “Have you ever been to a country that doesn’t have an education system?” Many people would likely answer no. Street, who runs the Partners...

2017/2018

CABE: Holidays can be brutal for kids who can’t even look forward to home-cooked meal

CABE: Holidays can be brutal for kids who can’t even look forward to home-cooked meal

The two-week Christmas break is a joy for most students, but not for desperately poor kids, says Erin Watkins, a youth worker at Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education (CABE). “School is closed for two...

2017/2018

Surrey: Refugee families receive food and vital assistance

Surrey: Refugee families receive food and vital assistance

For refugee families it’s often the local school that holds them together until they find their balance. And for Obeid Abouzeid, his wife Nazadar and their five children – all...

2017/2018

Tutors keep it real, pay it forward at QE in Whalley

Tutors keep it real, pay it forward at QE in Whalley

The world outside can be harsh and dangerous for teenagers in Whalley but it’s countered wonderfully by the warmth and caring found in the library of Queen Elizabeth Secondary on peer-to-peer tutoring nights. Twice...

2017/2018

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...

2017/2018

Sidoo family steps up for Maple Ridge Secondary

Sidoo family steps up for Maple Ridge Secondary

When Jordan Sidoo was 14 years old he would sell pen and pencil sets to his friends to raise money for The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign. Seven years later he’s a...

2017/2018

Donations have dried up at Maple Ridge Secondary

Donations have dried up at Maple Ridge Secondary

Canada is proud of being a classless society, we give out a few honours — Order of Canada, Order of British Columbia — but we don’t do bowing and scraping...

2017/2018

Blundell Seafoods helping teens in need with jobs, scholarships

Blundell Seafoods helping teens in need with jobs, scholarships

Last December, Jeremy Law, the general manager of Blundell Seafoods in Richmond, not only sent cases of canned tuna to schools where hunger was prevalent, but followed up with an...

2017/2018

London Drugs brightens students’ Christmas with gifts and toys

London Drugs brightens students’ Christmas with gifts and toys

Principal Lisa Jamieson didn’t hide her delight when the London Drugs truck pulled up outside Old Yale Road Elementary delivering bags of toys and gifts. “We are such a needy...

2017/2018

Pre-kindergarten classes help kids get school-ready; StrongStart will also expose some parents to social, health programs

Pre-kindergarten classes help kids get school-ready; StrongStart will also expose some parents to social, health programs

When Henry Peters arrived this year as principal of South Vancouver’s John Henderson Elementary, one thing he noticed was that some children entering kindergarten weren’t as prepared for school life as...

2017/2018

Helping Children Overcome Trauma Through Art

Helping Children Overcome Trauma Through Art

“We’ve all been broken before, but we heal. We do have the darkness still, but we have to learn to live without the darkness.“ A HANDWRITTEN SIGN PINNED TO THE WALL IN GUILDFORD...

2017/2018

Breakfast food for students a growing need

Breakfast food for students a growing need

Robin Pilchak knows what it’s like being a single mother with young children and how hard it is to feed them when money is tight. “I’m a single mom with...

2017/2018

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

Chronic absenteeism falls after launch of Surrey’s Attendance Matters

Chronic absenteeism falls after launch of Surrey’s Attendance Matters

Supported by The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Adopt-a-School initiative since 2011, Attendance Mattershas resulted in a substantial drop in absenteeism among children from kindergarten to Grade 3, according to statistics collected...

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

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