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Adopt-A-School campaign to feed hungry children launches

Adopt-A-School campaign to feed hungry children launches

Today marks the ninth year that The Vancouver Sun will be appealing to our readers for help in alleviating one of the most serious social problems of the day —...

2019/2020

Adopt-A-School campaign raises record funds for B.C. kids

Adopt-A-School campaign raises record funds for B.C. kids

This year’s Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign resulted in a record $923,774 being sent to 129 schools across the province…..more...

2018/2019

Number of hungry kids triples this year at Nanaimo secondary school

Number of hungry kids triples this year at Nanaimo secondary school

“The north end of Nanaimo used to be an affluent area but that’s changed a bit.  We see a lot of families moving in here from Vancouver and the mainland...

2018/2019

Eastside school needs funds to help feed kids

Eastside school needs funds to help feed kids

Sometimes it’s the parents who admit they aren’t keeping a safe distance from hunger. But mostly it’s the children who tell the tale, says Vanessa Mani, the Enhanced Services worker...

2018/2019

Kids at needy Duncan school “living in hopelessness”

Kids at needy Duncan school “living in hopelessness”

The problem with becoming a statistic — such as being one of the 20 per cent of children living in dire poverty in this province — is that you stop...

2018/2019

Downtown Eastside school breakfast program

Downtown Eastside school breakfast program

For those struggling to stay housed and feed themselves on marginal incomes or social assistance that’s how it’s done. Pride is an extravagance, resilience is more useful. To those who...

2018/2019

Sidoo family helps hungry students at Gladstone Secondary

Sidoo family helps hungry students at Gladstone Secondary

The school district estimates poverty makes 10 per cent of the school population vulnerable and the most obvious signs are students arriving at school hungry and in need of nourishment....

2018/2019

Adopt-A-School: Vulnerable and needy in Nanaimo

Adopt-A-School: Vulnerable and needy in Nanaimo

“Some people think this is a high-end area but they don’t see how some families are living in basement suites,” she said. Susan M’Gonigle has trouble picking out the right...

2018/2019

Surrey Safe Schools

Surrey Safe Schools

Adopt-A-School: Surrey Safe Schools team helps vulnerable children and families Safe Schools is a unique organization comprised of school district staff and RCMP officers whose assignment is to protect and...

2018/2019

Adopt-A-School: Troubled Surrey teen now helping others in need

Adopt-A-School: Troubled Surrey teen now helping others in need

Maddie, as she’s known to Surrey’s Safe Schools Team which became acquainted with her four years ago, was a bit of a handful when she was 11. Even the authorities...

2018/2019

Land developer pitches in to help hungry students in Langley

Land developer pitches in to help hungry students in Langley

The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-A-School campaign has received almost $1 million in requests this year from schools desperate to feed hungry students The story was hardly in the paper when Rick...

2018/2019

Douglas Park: Breakfast and Lunch

Douglas Park: Breakfast and Lunch

As many as 63 children and parents arrive at Langley’s Douglas Park Elementary looking to be fed every morning, coming in as early as 7 a.m. It’s still dark when...

2018/2019

Sir Charles Tupper Secondary: Homework Club Food Program

Sir Charles Tupper Secondary: Homework Club Food Program

When he sees how they eat — with that definable difference between healthy teenage appetite and stark hunger — it occurs to Steve Sorrenti that some of the kids in...

2018/2019

Britannia Secondary: Breakfast Program

Britannia Secondary: Breakfast Program

By the end of October, the breakfast program feeding hungry and impoverished high school students at Britannia Secondary was on life support and about to switched off. “We are out...

2018/2019

Holocaust survivor knows ‘what it’s like to be hungry’

Holocaust survivor knows ‘what it’s like to be hungry’

There is a poignancy about Jack Kowarsky’s presence among the children being served breakfast in the cramped lunchroom of Surrey’s Bridgeview elementary. In May 1945, when he was the same...

2018/2019

Adopt-a-School 2018: Thousands of children come to school hungry, traumatized by dehumanizing stresses of living in destitution

Adopt-a-School 2018: Thousands of children come to school hungry, traumatized by dehumanizing stresses of living in destitution

Within the past few months this newspaper has carried stories concerning poverty that should cause alarm in the minds of most right thinking people. One disclosed that hundreds of homeless...

2018/2019

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

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