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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...

2014/2015

Donors help Charlie’s Closet keep Tupper secondary students well dressed

Donors help Charlie’s Closet keep Tupper secondary students well dressed

A year ago Charlie’s Closet was almost bare – just two used T-shirts on a rickety clothes rack in a small storage room at Tupper secondary school in east Vancouver....

2014/2015

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins returns to class to talk to kids about teamwork

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins returns to class to talk to kids about teamwork

A qualified social worker and holder of two teaching degrees, Willie Desjardins has a curious background for a National Hockey League coach. But it showed to good effect Friday in...

2014/2015

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...

2014/2015

CABE looks after teen mothers and their children

CABE looks after teen mothers and their children

For many Grade 12 students, graduation year is a hectic but fabled time of anticipation and excitement as the world beyond the classroom waits. But for Vanessa Ellingson — the...

2014/2015

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...

2014/2015

Providing for young moms — and babies

Providing for young moms — and babies

Kayci is 16 weeks old and her mother Shakayla Bowe is 16 years old — a symmetry of weeks and years that will never come again. And if those numbers...

2013/2014

Canucks icon Trevor Linden scores with inner-city school

Canucks icon Trevor Linden scores with inner-city school

The largest collection of Canucks jerseys seen so far this fall were one the backs of kids and teachers stuffed in the gym of Surrey’s Mary Jane Shannon elementary in...

2012/2013

Vancouver Rotary Club feeds hungry kids at Norquay Elementary

Vancouver Rotary Club feeds hungry kids at Norquay Elementary

A few years ago there was a feeling within the Vancouver Rotary Club that perhaps it was time to redirect its charitable energies to something other than providing breakfast for...

2012/2013

Best Buy donates musical instruments, bringing rock’n’roll to Burnaby school

Best Buy donates musical instruments, bringing rock’n’roll to Burnaby school

The well-to-do can wear jeans full of holes but for a poor boy jeans ripped almost to the crotch and held together by pins and embarrassment are a stigma, not...

2012/2013

Surrey breakfast program gives kids food for thought

Surrey breakfast program gives kids food for thought

In September, the Surrey school district took the hesitant step of providing a breakfast – of sorts – to almost 600 hungry children in eight inner-city schools where the poverty...

2011/2012

Surrey breakfast program feeding hungry students, keeping them in school

Surrey breakfast program feeding hungry students, keeping them in school

“A six-year-old that’s hungry is not a pretty picture.” Pat Horstead’s observation, which creates the disturbing image of childhood cuteness distorted by want, came Wednesday in a small cupboard of...

2011/2012

From bombs to books; Indomitable spirit of ESL students inspired principal to write book

From bombs to books; Indomitable spirit of ESL students inspired principal to write book

From the outside, Edmonds community school looks like an ordinary neighbourhood school. But inside, it is a microcosm. Four out of five students were born outside Canada, more than half...

2011/2012

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