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More than $5,900 was raised for the New Westminster Senior Secondary’s Youth Program on Sunday at a Vancouver Sun Adopt-a-School fundraising dinner. The dinner was hosted by Anthony Gismondi, The Vancouver Sun’s wine critic, and Jane Ferrari, a storyteller from the 165-year-old, family-owned Australian winery Yalumba Wines. Program co-ordinator, youth worker Carl Lewis, was in […]


Boston Bar’s only school wants to grow food for hungry kids; Principal hopes to fix up greenhouse to supply fresh produce

By Gerry Bellett Spring has come to the coast but up here in the heart of the Fraser Canyon there’s still a winter’s chill on the wind as Debra Devine, principal of the community’s only school, wrestles with an old, rusty lock guarding a broken-down greenhouse. The building – if she could only fix it […]

Cunningham elementary teachers Jill Lewis, left, and Nikki Short, who both work with autistic children, are seeking more iPads to help the special-needs kids at the east-side school.
Photograph by: Arlen Redekop , Vancouver Sun

Urgent need for tech at east-side school with high number of autistic children

By GERRY BELLETT Bentley Jung pulls up short while explaining how something as simple as the availability of a worn-out laptop had the power to transform his son’s life in school. “I’m sorry but it’s very emotional for me,” he said, remembering the afternoon some weeks ago when his son came home radiant after being […]


Corporate toy run is all about Christmas spirit

By SHELLEY FRALIC Should you be in search of the spirit of Christmas, so often lost in the rush to retail and piles of wrapping paper, look no farther than the delighted face of a youngster receiving an unexpected gift from a not-so-secret Santa. Look no farther than Shania Johnson, who is in Grade 12 […]


SOS saves families from hunger

By GERRY BELLETT It’s called the SOS store and it’s in a locked room in the basement of Norquay Elementary on Slocan Street. And if it looks a little grim with cement block walls and pipes and ducts hanging from the ceiling, and with rows of dusty microscopes stacked in a corner, it’s unlikely that […]


Arming girls with what they need to stay safe

By DAPHNE BRAMHAM Girls were already piling into the gym at the Spectrum Learning Centre before the call went out: “All women warriors to the gym.” A couple of girls were already taping together a patchwork of ratty mats. Soon, after a brief warm-up, they would start flipping and throwing each other to the ground […]

1988: Then-Premier Bill Vander Zalm (middle) helps the Kids Fund push that year with Sun reporter Gillian Shaw (second from left) and columnist Shelley Fralic (second from right)

How to Donate

The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund is a registered, non-profit charity that has helped disadvantaged children in B.C. communities since 1981. We carry on that tradition today, sharing stories in print and online about the needs of abused, disadvantaged and disabled children, not only to raise awareness but also to raise money. Your donation enables The […]

Jim Duggan (centre) buys his produce wholesale to feed the poor from friend Jason Yang (right) of Neighbour's Choice Farm Market in West Vancouver. Yang is helped by Johnny Le (left).

Inner-city school food deliveries switch to centres for summer

When Jim Duggan dived head first into helping poor inner-city families receive fresh fruit and vegetables, he didn’t realize how fathomless is the pool of want. Inspired to help by The Sun’s Adopt-a-School stories describing the needs of poverty-stricken children and families, Duggan pledged to spend $500 a month on fruit and vegetables and distribute […]

Sharon Kreutzer (front right centre) and Donna Begg (front left centre) along with Raine Haziza (left front) and Sierra Haziza (obscured, right front) and their cycling group The Perennial Girls read about the Sun’s Adopt-a-School project and banded together to raise almost $5,000 for Admiral Seymour elementary school. The Perennial Girls are (top left to right) Margaret McEwan (blue coat), Sandra Haziza, Suzanne Wheeler (red jacket and blue helmet), Andrea Feheley (top center left), Andrea Hamilton, Cathy Sabisthon (purple coat and black helmet), Marie Genest, Shelley Philps, Sharon Ferris, Lisa Stout and Alex Sawchyn (red jacket).

Cycling club raises almost $5,000 from pot-luck fundraiser

When Donna Begg and Sharon Kreutzer read teacher Carrie Gelson’s open appeal on behalf of the children in her inner-city school class-room, they mobilized their entire cycling team to help. “After I read Carrie’s letter, I said, ‘We’ve got to do some-thing about this,’ ” said Begg. She and Kreutzer went to visit Gelson, and […]

Screenshot from Telus' Yule Log spoof video

Telus continues drive to finance Adopt-A-School, now through YouTube video

Tune in to Telus’s annual fire log video spoofand your view will send $4 to kids in need in British Columbia. It stems from an age-old tradition. Every year around this time, there are people who pour an eggnog, put on some holiday music and settle down to gaze into a roaring fire. On their […]

London Drugs merchandising manager Mary Higgins watches as Roxanne Saxon and baby Willow look through a selection of donated toys at Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education school on Wednesday. Photograph by: Nick Procaylo, PNG

London Drugs toy tour brightens up lives of families experiencing tough times

When the school bells ring today signalling the start of Christmas holidays, it will be a joyful time for many kids. Not so for students who are going home to places where there is not enough food to stretch through the holidays, let alone money for extras like a visit from Santa. This week, London […]

JackFM receptionist Denise Frandsen (left) and office coordinator Kate Channell Wednesday, December 14, 2011 with some of the items donated by radio station employees that will be given to students at Lord Selkirk Annex school. (Photo by Jason Payne/ PNG)

‘We’re walking on air,’ school says of Rogers Radio’s gift

Lord Selkirk annex, just off Knight and 29th, is a small inner-city elementary school whose requests for assistance from The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School campaign were among the most modest received. Two winter jackets, 15 pairs of winter gloves, 10 toques, two pairs of runners and two pairs of winter boots (sizes provided) were top of […]

Jill Schnarr, vice-president of community affairs for Telus, shops with her sons Andrew (left) and Dylan and husband David Beck to fill up Christmas stockings that could end up going to children in schools identified in The Vancouver Sun Children's Fund Adopt-a-School program. Sun readers have surpassed the target of 5,000 'likes' on Facebook. More than $20,000 has been raised to date. Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, Vancouver Sun

Facebook ‘likes’ target reached – let’s keep it going!

Our Facebook campaign has reached its initial goal of 5,000 ‘likes’ and it just keeps growing. And now Telus, the original sponsor that donated $1 for every ‘like’ on our VanSunKidsFund page up to $5,000 is calling on us to go for 10,000. And Telus will continue donating $1 per like for our Facebook page, […]

'Mompreneurs' (from left) Maria Livingstone, Emilie Sarkissian, Lisa Pozin, Annette Yang and Suzane Bertani are among a dozen donating a portion of their sales to The Sun's Adopt-a-School program. Photograph by: ', PNG

‘Mompreneurs’ step up to help inner city students

It might have been the very specific request from a teacher for a boy’s winter coat, in size 8, that tipped the scales for Suzanne Bertani, a Port Moody mom and business owner. Bertani was already familiar with a letter written by Vancouver school teacher Carrie Gelson in which she eloquently advocated for the children at her […]


Facebook ‘likes’ are now worth $4 each: West Van reader matches Telus donations

When we started our Facebook campaign for Adopt-a-School, Telus stepped up to pledge $1 for every ‘like’ on The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Facebook page, up to $5,000. Every dollar is matched by the children’s fund, meaning that every ‘like’ sends $2 to help children in need in British Columbia. On Thursday, those Facebook ‘likes’ […]

Mary-Ann and Alex Currie have responded to the Adopt-a-School initiative with a $1,500 donation to Thunderbird elementary. Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, PNG

Problem solved: Thunderbird Elementary principal overwhelmed by response

Thunderbird elementary school principal Henry Peters was overwhelmed by the response to an appeal Monday for help for his inner-city school where many children come to class hungry. “The response has been fantastic,” said Peters, who Tuesday was trying to return phone calls and reply to emails offering assistance. Thunderbird, in East Vancouver, was featured […]

L-R. Karen Maher, a special needs resource teacher, watches as student Yassin Dahhou uses an iPad at Lord Roberts Elementary school, Vancouver November 28 2011. The interactive tool can replace pull out cards and picture books like those in the photo's foreground. (Gerry Kahrmann / PNG Staff Photo)

Update: Lord Roberts gets $16,000 towards technology to help unlock learning in autistic kids

UPDATE: Since this story was published, Lord Roberts has been inundated with donations. We’re told 42 iPads have been purchased or donated, with 12 of those going to special needs classes. If you have plans to donate iPads or money, please consider other schools in need at Lord Roberts was a British military commander of […]

VANCOUVER, B.C.: NOVEMBER 22, 2011 -- Cafeteria teacher Ignazia Nancy Boucher prepares breakfast, November 22nd, for the students at Vancouver's Grandview Elementary school. The school is part of the Breakfast for Learning program and feeds children every morning before class.  (Ward Perrin / PNG)

Corporate commitment to charities helps students eat healthy breakfast

The lineup of children at Grandview elementary school began early Tuesday morning, as the first whiff of grilled cheese drifted through the gymnasium. It was a day like any other, with several dozen students from kindergarten to Grade 7 watching hungrily as cafeteria worker Ignazia (Nancy) Boucher flipped sandwiches on the grill and set out […]

Elliott Chun and Andrea Farnell of Future Shop surprise Brittania Secondary School teacher with new computers for the Homework Club that they run at the school on Thursday, 24, 2011. (photo by Jenelle Schneider/PNG)

Problem solved: Homework Club lands local benefactor and new computers

On Thursday morning, The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School appeal described the sad plight of Britannia secondary school’s Homework Club. The club, which encourages students from the poorest areas of Vancouver to carry on to college or university, was limping along with worn-out, ancient computers and facing a financial shortfall since the death of a donor who […]

Text SUNKIDS to 20222

Text SUNKIDS to 20222 to help feed hungry kids

Your $5 could feed a hungry kid breakfast for a week. Now imagine you can double that without spending another dime – your $5 donation will stretch to feed that child for two weeks. Starting today, with the launch of our Adopt-a-School text-to-donate program, text SUNKIDS to 20222 to donate $5. The Vancouver Sun Children’s […]

Christina Wong, 17, gets some Grade 12 math help from SFU tutor Moses To, 18, at Britannia secondary school Monday as part of the Homework Club, which is in danger of shutting.

School in need: Britannia Secondary Homework Club needs donors to survive

It’s nothing more than an act of faith when Kim Leary looks around the financially faltering Homework Club – in full swing Monday night at Britannia secondary school – and imagines somehow it will all survive. That somehow is the refuge of every desperate optimist and dreamer but Leary, a teacher at Britannia and the […]

Alberta grade 2 student Logan Ketteringham, who went shopping with his mom to buy socks for the kids of Vancouver's Seymour Elementary school.

Little Albertan boy with a big heart helps Seymour kids

A young Edmonton boy was one of the early responders to Carrie Gelson’s open letter appealing for help for her inner-city students. He wrote: “My name is Logan and I am in Grade 2 in Edmonton. I have socks for all of the kids in your class. I hope they like them.” Gelson was so touched by his […]

Kids from Britannia Secondary in Vancouver

Schools in need: Britannia Secondary in Vancouver

This amazing program at Britannia Secondary supports the academic, social/emotional and financial needs of inner-city youth struggling to graduate and move on to post-secondary success. Three nights a week – M, T, Th – you will find between 30 and 60 students gathered in the Homework Club to receive free tutoring from volunteers from UBC, […]

When inner-city school teacher Carrie Gelson put out her heart-wrenching notice in September that her students at Admiral Seymour elementary in Vancouver were arriving at school hungry and in need of warm clothing, she touched a nerve with Vancouver Sun readers, who responded by generously donating goods and funds to the school.

A teacher asked, and local residents responded: Seymour Elementary smothered in help

Donations began landing at Seymour elementary school in Vancouver early Monday and continued throughout the day, as residents opened their hearts and wallets in response to a plea for help from a teacher on behalf of her disadvantaged eastside students. “I didn’t really expect this,” said Carrie Gelson, breathless after a whirlwind of media interviews […]

Students from Seymour elementary visit the live taping and meet cast members Matreya Fedor (C) and Gig Morton (R) from the locally produced show Mr. Young on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 in Burnaby, B.C.

Seymour Elementary students witness the magic of Mr Young’s generosity

It’s difficult for Scott Xu to articulate what he loves most about his favourite television show, Mr. Young, but watching the Vancouver nine-year-old try is priceless. “I like it because it’s cool and it’s not boring,” said a smiling Xu, who spun in circles of excitement outside Seymour elementary school before boarding a bus to […]