Posts tagged ‘child poverty’

Irwin Nathanson, right, meets with Grandview Elementary school principal Jason Eng.
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Lawyers take firm stance on student success at East Vancouver school

Irwin Nathanson, a respected member of the bar, asked a question this week while sitting in the principal’s office of Grandview Elementary that he believes others must be asking, too. The latest child poverty statistics showing 169,420 children in B.C. living below the poverty line was the preamble. “To me, the idea that kids are […]

Tracey McVicar and a group of women from the business and financial community have stepped in to pick up the tab for the emergency breakfast program at Edmonds Community School.

Burnaby school breakfast program gets boost from group of businesswomen

By Gerry Bellett 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 used up that money,” Mischa Greenwood, the school’s community coordinator, said earlier this week. The Burnaby school had only asked for $8,000 […]

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Shelley Fralic: Feeding hungry kids, thanks to Sun readers

By Shelley Fralic Who knew, three years later, that once Vancouver Sun readers began hearing some of those heartbreaking stories, that they would so unselfishly step forward and open both their wallets and their hearts. Maybe teacher Carrie Gelson knew, when she wrote an open letter to Vancouverites in the fall of 2011, frustrated and […]

Admiral Seymour Elementary School’s Carrie Gelson was the teacher who kick-started the Adopt-a-School program with her plea to help feed the hungry kids in her classroom. She is pictured with students in her Grade 3/4 class. Photo: Jenelle Schneider/Vancouver Sun

Child poverty drives Adopt-a-School campaign

By Gerry Bellett In the past three years The Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School campaign has distributed $1.4 million to dozens of schools in Metro Vancouver and other parts of the province. The money has been used to alleviate hunger and provide clothing to children arriving at school without a proper breakfast or a warm jacket. It has […]

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Strathcona principal gets her Christmas wish

#vansunkids By GERRY BELLETT Strathcona Elementary principal Margaret Jorgensen has dreamt for years of finding the means to set up a computer-assisted literacy program at her Downtown Eastside school where many students living in extreme poverty struggle to read. Her friend Ron Suzuki, who runs the adjacent Strathcona Community Centre, said such a program would […]

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Adopt-a-School: Teachers will go it alone to pay for breakfast program if necessary #vansunkids

BY GERRY BELLETT The hunger game was manageable when Tanya Kozak was hired three years ago as a child-care worker at Surrey’s David Brankin Elementary. “There wasn’t so much of it back then,” said Kozak. But the next year it suddenly got worse, and Kozak started coming in early to make oatmeal for 10 to […]

Adrienne Beaton, Sir Charles Tupper secondary youth and family worker, and school counsellor Joseph Lee in front of 'Charlie's Closet at the Vancouver school. The pair are seeking cash donations to fund Charlie's Closet, a sort of in-school clothing store for impoverished kids.
Photograph by: Jason Payne , Vancouver Sun

Adopt-a-School: A closet for students who don’t have one at home #vansunkids

BY GERRY BELLETT 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 exists between those two groups needs no exploring. “Kids with cars? Yes. I remember seeing one kid broken down who didn’t know […]

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Telus donating $1 for every social media mention of #vansunkids

Every time you use the social media hashtag #vansunkids, you’ll be helping impoverished children in your community. Telus is donating $1 to The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund Adopt-a-School campaign for every mention of the campaign tagged with the #vansunkids hashtag, up to a limit of $20,000. Telus has been a supporter of our Adopt-a-School program […]

Everybody in the community has to be involved in eliminating poverty, says Michael McAfee, who heads the Promise Neighborhoods Institute in Oakland, Calif.
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A coordinated attack on poverty

From cradle to career: Promise Neighborhoods program offers ‘big leadership’ and ‘big dollars’ By DAPHNE BRAMHAM It’s a radical idea: Breaking the poverty cycle is simple. That’s what Michael McAfee is helping to prove as director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute , where he works with more than 60 of the most distressed communities in […]

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Donors with hearts of gold help Richmond’s needy children

Food programs get 10-year commitment By DAPHNE BRAMHAM It is the longest commitment Adopt-a-School has ever received – $100,000 for food programs over 10 years. Not only are the Hearts of Gold Foundation and Centro Dental Group donating $10,000 a year to help feed hungry schoolchildren in Richmond, they’re setting up a pilot project that […]

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It doesn’t matter who’s to blame, the village needs to feed the children #vansunkidsfund

BY SHELLEY FRALIC Whose fault is it that a kindergartner arrives for school every morning without having had breakfast and, sometimes, without having eaten dinner the night before? Who’s to blame when an elementary student comes to class lacking a warm coat, winter boots, gloves or even socks, and then opens a tattered backpack to […]

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Simon Chang delivers hope, inspiration to Britannia Secondary School

By GILLIAN SHAW Simon Chang’s life as an internationally renowned fashion designer is far removed from the reality of life for students at Vancouver’s Britannia Secondary School. But Chang, who grew up the youngest of four children living with his family on Keefer Street in Chinatown, once walked the halls of the east-side school as […]

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B.C.’s child-poverty rate is a travesty

By Daphne Bramham It’s a shameful and longstanding distinction that a greater percentage of B.C. children live in poverty than anywhere else in Canada, and 2011 was no exception. You can argue over which Statistics Canada data to use – low-income after tax or before tax, market basket measure, or the deprivation index. But it […]

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Coquitlam’s Ecole Maillard needs help with breakfast, lunch and after-school food #vansunkidsfund

By Gerry Bellett In May Coquitlam’s Ecole Maillard Middle School took a run at feeding its hungry children. “We realized we needed to,” said vice principal Kathryn Jung whose school tops the vulnerably index in the Coquitlam school district with 10 per cent of its 409 students being deemed vulnerable as a consequence of poverty. […]

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Adopt-a-School: Disabled and hungry

By Gerry Bellett To see what happens when education budget cuts collide with poverty you need look no further than Koryn Heisler’s senior life skills class at John Oliver secondary school in east Vancouver. Her class is made up of a 12 ministry-designated severely handicapped students — Grades 8 to 10 — a number of […]

Nora Tham (left) and Jane Milina-Dunn prepare lunches at Richmond’s William Bridge Elementary school. Photo by Ward Perrin, Vancouver Sun

Hundreds, if not thousands, of B.C. kids go to school hungry

By Daphne Bramham Forty children come to Richmond’s William Bridge Elementary hungry every day and bring nothing for lunch. By cobbling together donations from people and businesses, the staff has so far been able to provide bagels, cream cheese, jam and yogurt. It’s a similar story at 13 other Richmond elementary and high schools. Eight […]

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Adopt-a-School 2013 campaign launch

By Gerry Bellett This time two years ago The Vancouver Sun launched our first Adopt-A-School campaign after discovering some inner-city schools were struggling against a tide of poverty and privation that was overwhelming teachers and principals. Want in the form of hungry children arriving at school in worn-out clothing and footwear, listless from hunger or […]

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Child poverty is not going away, Adopt-a-School launching for a second year

By Gerry Bellett, Vancouver Sun Last year’s Adopt-a-School campaign exceeded all expectations and raised close to $800,000 in cash donations and matching funds and a substantial amount of goods and services for inner-city schools struggling against a rising tide of classroom poverty. Such generosity from our readers brought relief to hundreds of children in 37 schools […]

Peter Young (left), a former student of Strathcona Elementary and Britannia high school in Vancouver, and his Hearts of Gold Foundation donate $25,000 to the Adopt-a-School initiative. The donation will be matched by The Children's Fund. On hand for the presentation were principal Margaret Jorgensen (second from left), teacher Sue Halsey-Brandt (third from left) and foundation director Lynn Woo (right). Photograph by: Les Bazso, PNG

The truth about child poverty: B.C. has had the highest rate in Canada for eight years

Children are going to school in Metro Vancouver without food, without shoes, without winter coats or mittens. Some are tormented by bedbug bites; others with head lice. The stories are as heartbreaking as they seem incredible in this City of Glass so often described as one of the most livable in the world, and in […]