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The Priority programs listed here are supported almost exclusively by donations and gifts. Donors may direct contributions directly to one of these programs, to a specific school, to an educational area of their own choosing, or may give an unrestricted gift that will allow the district to allocate funds to areas of current greatest need.
In partnership with a wide range of science, arts, cultural and sports partner groups, the Surrey School District runs several different out of school enrichment programs that support at risk and underserved students primarily at inner-city schools:
provide underserved students of inner-city schools with supervised, structured and fun after-school activities at no cost, in a safe, supportive and accessible environment. These After School Programs run five days a week from 2:30-5:00pm for 25 students aged 9-12 at each of 4 schools:
Adopt a School
schools in the district are currently seeking companies, individuals, community
groups or service agencies who can “adopt” them and provide support for basic
needs of students and extras that help bring classroom lessons to life.
Funding for weekend and evening food for families, extracurricular fees for
students who would not otherwise be able to afford them, school supplies and
equipment for vulnerable students, transit passes, student field trip costs,
post secondary application fees is needed to help students overcome daily challenges
and be best prepared to learn in class. To adopt a school, please contact
Business Development at 604-595-6066. A list of possible schools and
needs can be provided.
When children are hungry they are at a significant disadvantage to learn. Food is one of the basic building blocks to a good education and proper development. The district and our 126 schools and several partner groups work hard each day to deliver the basic necessities to children in need so that they can learn and play at schools. But we need your help to ensure all children are supported. We operate three district wide food support programs:
SURREY SCHOOLS LUNCH PROGRAM - students at 21 elementary schools, 4 secondary schools and 4 learning centres are provided a daily nutritious lunch. Many more schools and students are critically in need of the Lunch Program. It costs $2.24 to purchase food for one lunch per day. Lunch typically consists of a cold entre, fruit or dessert and juice or milk to drive. Lunches are made off site and delivered to most schools. Your donation will make one of the most significant and important differences to a child’s development and education. Read more...
ATTENDANCE MATTERS (AM) AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS - ensure at risk and vulnerable students arrive at school on time every day, and that they are ready, able and motivated for the learning day ahead. More than 800 children at 21 inner city elementary schools currently participate in Attendance Matters which provides targeted staffing and outreach to families in need in addition to breakfast. Breakfast Programs operate at an additional 39 schools through volunteers providing daily breakfast to another 700 children each day. Breakfast consists of cereal, milk, toast, jam, cheese, yogurt, fruit, vegetables, eggs and sometimes special items like breakfast sandwiches, smoothies or french toast. It costs approximately $1 per breakfast to purchase the food needed to run this program. More funding is needed to provide nutritious, complete food and necessary equipment to operate these 60 programs and to ensure that all hungry children at schools in Surrey receive breakfast. Read more...
SNACK PROGRAM - snacks are distributed each year to students in need at 90 of Surrey’s 125 public schools, feeding among more than 1000 children per day. These simple grab and go snacks fill the void for many hungry students at schools where we are unable to operate full meal programs. This program is operated in partnership with the Surrey Firefighters and is supported entirely through donations from the community. Funding is needed to continue the program and to provide fresh fruit and dairy products.
You may want to donate towards a scholarship for a Surrey student graduating from a secondary school. You may make a one-time donation and therefore have a one-time scholarship or you may donate annually or set up a trust with the scholarship amounts given annually to the student from accrued interest. When setting up a scholarship you may name the scholarship and decide on the criteria and eligibility of the recipient.
Field Trips provide opportunities to bring classroom lessons to life. Conferences, festivals, tournaments and fairs offered throughout the Lower Mainland also allow students to come together to share and learn from each other and from community experts. Many schools, however, are limited in their ability to fund these hands on experiences. Through the field trip program, students at these schools get their chance to venture out of their own back yard, explore the world around them, and experience places they may otherwise never get a chance to visit. One class field trip typically costs $600. Funds are needed to support field trips at more than 25 schools in the district.
SURREY SCHOOLS JAZZ FESTIVAL - the Surrey School District has been running the Surrey Schools Jazz Festival for 34 years. The 2 day event uniquely combines daytime student competition and performances with evening jazz showcases. The Festival provides students from around the Pacific Northwest with the opportunity to demonstrate their music skills, to learn from each other and from professional musicians and adjudicators, and to perform in world class facilities. Many Festival graduates have gone onto successful jazz careers including Jodi Proznick and Chris Williams. Read more...
FINE ARTS FESTIVAL DES BEAUX ARTS - More than 10,000 Surrey students from kindergarten through to grade 12 take part in the Festival which encompasses 14 events throughout the school year. These events include singing, drama, visual arts and music showcases in professional venues and often adjudicated by professionals in the field. Each event is both an opportunity for students to show what they have learned and to learn from each other and the professionals on hand.
RockIT AFTERSCHOOL - The Westminster Savings Foundation support the Surrey School District's RockIT program as it provides enriching learning opportunitites for 120 students across three elementary schools. RockIT is an all-encompassing musical venture created to immerse students in music education and encourage their self expression and creativity. It provides students with an experinece in guitar, piano, drums, vocals and precussioun through pop and rock songs. Some recording and composition is done as well. The Westminster Savings Foundation has been supporting this program since its pilot year in 2015.
Music Instruments in SchoolsMusic instruction is a priority in Surrey. Every school in the district runs a music or band program, however, many are working with outdated or broken or not enough instruments. Donations are needed to provide new or renovated equipment. The instruments most needed at schools currently are flutes, trumpets, clarinets, various drums and a set of handbells.
Technology Programs and Equipment
Quality access to computers and advances in technological equipment is of paramount importance to students today. However, costs for new and replacement equipment are high. Technology brings lessons alive, opens up worlds of information and connects students to other learners and teachers around the globe. It is also increasingly important that students have advanced computer and technology skills when they exit the secondary system. Regular and continuous access to advanced equipment is critical to students' preparation for post-secondary studies and most careers. Many schools struggle to provide high quality equipment that all students can access regularly.
Elementary school playgrounds are important hubs of play and gathering for the school and community. They encourage physical activity and peer interactions. Schools must pay for their own playground installations and renovations which can be very costly and particularly challenging to fund in inner city neighbourhoods. Gifts to playground upgrades and necessary replacements will have an important and long lasting impact on an entire school community and can be matched to the donors neighbourhood of choice.
Individual SchoolsEach of the district's 125 schools has its own unique needs including library books and equipment, sports team funding, arts projects, garden installations, grounds improvements, special programs and support for individual students in need. Gifts to individual schools are gratefully accepted. The Business Development office can assist donors to match their gifts to a school in their area and to projects of interest at that site.