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Academy feeds kids with music and, it hopes, with food

Academy feeds kids with music and, it hopes, with food

School in the Downtown Eastside offers free lessons in an effort to bring music to city’s poorest children It’s a Thursday afternoon and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is about to show...

2022/2023

Nanaimo school seeks funds to build safe room for kids

Nanaimo school seeks funds to build safe room for kids

11 years after a teacher’s plea led to the creation of Adopt-A-School by the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Society, the need to greater then ever Eleven years ago, it was...

2022/2023

Nanaimo’s Arrow program fills a huge void for troubled kids

Nanaimo’s Arrow program fills a huge void for troubled kids

“We are trying to create a safe space here. Many of these kids have had a rough start (in life) and mainstream school wasn’t working. We consider Arrow to be...

2022/2023

Chilliwack school needs help addressing poverty

Chilliwack school needs help addressing poverty

“A lot of money is allocated to support programs here but there are a few … loopholes where some families aren’t receiving proper food or clothing and we are unable...

2022/2023

Feeding 50 students breakfast on $40 a week an impossible task

Feeding 50 students breakfast on $40 a week an impossible task

“We estimate close to 200 (children) need some form of assistance from the school, whether food or school supplies.” — Springwood Elementary Child and Youth Care worker Dannika McAllister PARKSVILLE...

2022/2023

Staff struggle to feed students every day at Suwa’lkh Connections

Staff struggle to feed students every day at Suwa’lkh Connections

“It worked well for some time but things have got significantly worse. We have a significant increase in (students’) needs this year and less to no donated food coming in.”...

2022/2023

Please help us feed the bellies, and souls, of our children

Please help us feed the bellies, and souls, of our children

Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund-operated program designed to alleviate the suffering of children arriving at school hungry or in need of such things as adequate clothes. The best way to understand...

2022/2023

$305,000 donation for computers in schools will be transformative

$305,000 donation for computers in schools will be transformative

“Kids who can’t afford computers or don’t have access to them are at a real disadvantage. It’s a major concern if they aren’t computer literate when they leave school.” Hundreds...

2022/2023

Need for food and clothing for schoolkids greater than ever

Need for food and clothing for schoolkids greater than ever

The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School program has sent $1.4 million to 161 schools this year to help feed and clothe children. The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School program has sent $1.4 million to...

2021/2022

For Surrey principal, school breakfast program is personal

For Surrey principal, school breakfast program is personal

Linda Chau, principal of Surrey’s Mary Jane Shannon Elementary, was two years old in 1980 when her family — boat people who had fled Vietnam — were admitted to Canada...

2021/2022

Project CHEF transfers its resources to Adopt-a-School

Project CHEF transfers its resources to Adopt-a-School

The funds were transferred with the stipulation the amount not be disclosed. But it was a substantial donation.   It was the most successful culinary program ever offered in the...

2021/2022

Pandemic job losses at home sending kids to school hungry

Pandemic job losses at home sending kids to school hungry

For the past few years, a make-shift ensemble of parent volunteers, the Salvation Army and the local food bank have been trying to address hunger among some of the children...

2021/2022

Removing stigma key to feeding starving kids

Removing stigma key to feeding starving kids

HAGENSBORG — There are three exits to the outside world from this community in the Bella Coola Valley: ferry, light aircraft, or a five-hour trip along an occasionally paved logging...

2021/2022

Surrey WRAP program looks out for at-risk kids

Surrey WRAP program looks out for at-risk kids

The program is seeking $10,000 from The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign as WRAP doesn’t have discretionary funds to help with emergencies. On Dec. 1, Jon Ross’ plate was full: a...

2021/2022

Teacher feeding hungry kids at her own expense

Teacher feeding hungry kids at her own expense

Bonnie Wendt describes the educational benefits of feeding impoverished and hungry students. For those with sufficient income, tonight is the traditional time for gifting. But for Bonnie Wendt, giving is...

2021/2022

Proper clothing needed to help schoolkids through winter

Proper clothing needed to help schoolkids through winter

Students often coming to school hungry and ill-prepared for the winter weather. The impoverished teenagers Randy Horton cares for in the Sunrise Alternative program at Vancouver’s Templeton Secondary could use...

2021/2022

London Drugs delivers Christmas gifts to needy students

London Drugs delivers Christmas gifts to needy students

This year, a record number of schools from all areas of the province are asking for help to feed and clothe students, with requests to The Vancouver Sun totalling almost...

2021/2022

Vancouver lawyer has sent $450,000 to needy children since 2014

Vancouver lawyer has sent $450,000 to needy children since 2014

It is unlikely there is anyone with a greater understanding of what it feels like to be hungry to the point of starvation, or to be in need of the...

2021/2022

Wildfires caused additional pressure on hungry kids

Wildfires caused additional pressure on hungry kids

The Vernon school district is asking The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School program for $8,500 so it can continue to provide lunch for 206 children daily. For schools in Vernon it was...

2021/2022

Kitsilano program works to lower barriers to access to education

Kitsilano program works to lower barriers to access to education

The Vinery Alternative program is asking for $10,500 in funding. Kitsilano, with its narrow, leafy streets of quaint, multi-million-dollar homes, is synonymous with many things, but poverty is not one...

2021/2022

Living up to the challenge of getting youths back into school

Living up to the challenge of getting youths back into school

We work with some kids who haven’t been to school in three years and who live in total chaos, and we manage to get them graduated and into work programs....

2021/2022

Students facing even greater challenges with homes under water

Students facing even greater challenges with homes under water

The children’s fund board, which administers Adopt-A-School, approved a grant of $10,000 to help the school in lieu of donations arriving, plus an extra $2,000 to cover emergencies that have...

2021/2022

School children get help from the young and the young-at-heart

School children get help from the young and the young-at-heart

This year, almost double the amount of schools have applied for assistance to feed and clothe children than in the past. On the morning of May 21, 2021, two Vancouver...

2021/2022

Terrace school’s breakfast, lunch program at risk

Terrace school’s breakfast, lunch program at risk

Terrace Middle School needs $10,000 from The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign to get through the year. Sonja Donnan is seeing an increasing number of students arrive at Skeena Middle School...

2021/2022

Donations from family and friends not enough to keep food program afloat

Donations from family and friends not enough to keep food program afloat

James Hill Elementary Principal Lynn Fairley is asking The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign for $11,000 to keep her breakfast, lunch and weekend food going. What do you do as a...

2021/2022

Isolated elementary school looking to provide simple snacks for hungry kids

Isolated elementary school looking to provide simple snacks for hungry kids

It’s a trek of 90 kilometres down Highway 28 from this central Vancouver Island village to reach any source of fresh produce. Natasha Toth would like to have a hot...

2021/2022

Nanaimo school’s food program will run out of money by Christmas

Nanaimo school’s food program will run out of money by Christmas

Knox is asking for $22,000 from The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign to carry on after Christmas as no other source of money has materialized. Holly Knox has 200 or so...

2021/2022

Vancouver Sun charity marks 10th year of helping schoolkids

Vancouver Sun charity marks 10th year of helping schoolkids

Before the pandemic of 2019, approximately one in five of this province’s children lived below the poverty line. Almost two years into this crisis there is every sign that poverty...

2021/2022

Shelley Fralic: An advocate for children in need

Shelley Fralic: An advocate for children in need

There are thousands of children in this province who have been fed, clothed and cherished because of the concern and compassion of Shelley Fralic, one of the instigators of the...

2020/2021

Adopt-A-School: $1.2 million in grants given out to schools and organizations

Adopt-A-School: $1.2 million in grants given out to schools and organizations

“We have never had so many requests for help before. It is a measure of our readers’ concern and generosity that we have been able to meet these requests.” —...

2020/2021

Adopt-a-School: A special thanks to Vancouver Sun readers

Adopt-a-School: A special thanks to Vancouver Sun readers

There was the 103-year-old woman who donated to the 2020 Adopt-a-School fundraising campaign not once, but twice. The reason? She knew the children needed help, and wanted to make sure...

2020/2021

Adopt-A-School: Resilience in children should never be confused with tragedy

Adopt-A-School: Resilience in children should never be confused with tragedy

By recognizing “resilience” as anything other than a tragedy in the life of an impoverished child — and to speak of it as something vaguely admirable — is to ignore...

2020/2021

Adopt-A-School: Hunger, poverty not limited to just inner-city schools

Adopt-A-School: Hunger, poverty not limited to just inner-city schools

Although the school boundary stretches all the way north to within 40 kilometres of Egmont and south down the bucolic highway to Sechelt, Pender Harbour Elementary-Secondary school has just 75...

2020/2021

Adopt-A-School: 16-year-old homeless girl survives with the help of Safe Schools team

Adopt-A-School: 16-year-old homeless girl survives with the help of Safe Schools team

“I became homeless in the summer of 2019. But in my heart I knew I’d never had a home, I never had stability.” — 16-year-old homeless girl The Christmas Eve...

2020/2021

Adopt-a-School: Last push before Christmas

Adopt-a-School: Last push before Christmas

We are pleased — and very grateful — to report that we have raised $902,246 as of 5pm, Wednesday, December 23, 2020. When we kicked off our 10th annual Adopt-a-School...

2020/2021

Adopt-A-School: Britannia Secondary wants to dismantle barriers

Adopt-A-School: Britannia Secondary wants to dismantle barriers

“If food is not a factor, and (adequate) clothing is not a problem, students can focus on what matters most which is their education and development.” — Britannia Secondary School...

2020/2021

Donations Reach $750,000 for Adopt-a-School’s 2020 campaign

Donations Reach $750,000 for Adopt-a-School’s 2020 campaign

When we kicked off our 10th annual Adopt-a-School fundraising campaign in November, we were hopeful that Vancouver Sun readers would once again open their hearts — and their wallets —...

2020/2021

Coquitlam’s Encompass Alternative program staff have been giving until it hurts

Coquitlam’s Encompass Alternative program staff have been giving until it hurts

Principal Lisa Dubé, youth worker Karin Leathwood and others at Coquitlam’s Encompass Alternative program — with their families, friends and acquaintances — know how it feels to give till it...

2020/2021

Adopt-A-School: COVID-19 has made things tough at Nakusp Secondary School

Adopt-A-School: COVID-19 has made things tough at Nakusp Secondary School

Nakusp Secondary School principal Peter Gajda is asking The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt A School campaign for $5,000 to provide more food and hot meals each week. NAKUSP — It sounds...

2020/2021

Technology opens the school door — both real and virtual — for vulnerable students

Technology opens the school door — both real and virtual — for vulnerable students

The shy young man doesn’t speak or show his face. All I see during a video call is a hand holding up sophisticated sketches that might some day be turned...

2020/2021

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