For a decade, Adopt-a-School’s primary focus has been on ensuring that students aren’t hungry, are clothed and have learning experiences that will enable them to fulfill their potential. The Vancouver Sun and its readers recognized and responded to the pressing needs of children and youth. Since 2011, readers have recognized how hard it is to learn when you’re hungry and have donated around $6.5 million to the Adopt-a-School campaigns.
But as COVID has highlighted, learning is harder still without the technology to get through the school door. During the more than ever, children and youth are suffering with anxiety and depression. They need safe spaces to go and schools can be that. And if schools are forced to close again, how many families won’t have what their children need to Zoom to class or do their homework?
This year Adopt-a-School has received nearly $100,000 in grant applications for technology or literacy needs. At the bottom of the main fundraising campaign page you can see the individual requests.