Right to Play ($20,000) PLAY
Right to Play has given $20,000 to the district in support of a new health-based after school program called PLAY which will run at Beaver Creek Elementary. 50 vulnerable youth will be given the opportunity to learn about health, nutrition and physical activity in a no-cost, no barriers route to success. The PLAY program will give students a complete understanding of living a healthy lifestyle by encompassing both healthy eating and daily physical activity components in the programming.
RAVEN SUPPLY ($5,500 to Frank Hurt; $1,000 Bridgeview)
Raven Supply has generously continued their support at Frank Hurt, providing funds for an "emergency fund" that can be accessed for vulnerable youth in desperate situations. These funds have proved essential in many situations when students find themselves in need, and we are grateful that Raven has continued to provide for this upcoming school year. Raven Supply also donated $1,000 to the after school program BLAST at Bridgeview Elementary.
Bridgeview Elementary, BLAST Program
RBC ($15,000) and COAST CAPITAL ($26,000): REACH
RBC and Coast Capital are both supporting a major youth employment readiness program that we are currently offering in 6 of our high schools. REACH (Recreation, Employment Readiness, After School, Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles) is a pro-social, sport & recreation skill development, leadership and employment readiness program for Grade 11/12 students. This program will be delivered to participating schools through weekly two hour sessions that will be facilitated by representatives from each individual school and will aid in preparing students for recreation and child/youth related jobs and careers through weekly 2 hour sessions that will include lessons and activities with a weighted emphasis on leadership, citizenship, recreation and health. Through this program students will also participate in a work experience during after-school and spring break programs that will be facilitated through the district's Community-Schools Partnership department. We want to thank both RBC and Coast Capital for their role in making this program a reality for youth throughout the district.
First Aid Training, REACH Program
RBC Foundation Math Funding ($10,000)
The RBC Foundation has generously granted $10,000 towards the Project Based Math Program (PBMP) that will be implemented by the Education Services Department in the 2016-2017 school year. The funds will allow creation of mobile math project kits that will be used across several Education Services programs to support student numeracy. Each participating hub will be equipped with four project kits based in different areas of skill and interest: cooking; wood construction; fabric and textiles; and, three-dimensional art. Each kit will present a complete learning opportunity for teachers and students to implement together and that will instruct on themes of geometry, trigonometry, surface area and volume, graphing, measurement and then on presenting and putting learning into a real world context. The goal of this project will be to support an increase in academic achievement, specifically in math.
Victims and Survivors of Crime Week ($8,516) – Picture YES
The Canadian Department of Justice provided $8,516 in financial support through their Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2016 initiative to the Safe Schools department. The contribution supported the department in carrying out several student-, staff-, and parent/caregiver-directed events during the week of May 29 – June 4, to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime about the services, assistance and laws in place to help victims, survivors and their families. Parents and staff received specialty training and information sessions geared towards accessible resources, services, and tools. Students participated in a "Day of Connection" that included various outdoor activities and discussions with WRAP staff – through which they were made mindful of accessible resources, services, and tools for them.
Variety ($100,000) – Picture YES
For a second consecutive year, Variety – The Children's Charity, has provided a generous $100,000 grant to support Safe Schools' SummerWRAP Program. These funds support the district in carrying out weekly sport, recreation, leadership and art activities hosted at inner city schools; employment workshops/co-ops; overnight camp experiences; activities that build determination and positive future goals, mindfulness/ calming techniques, address & support mental health challenges; and provide a safe place for students to be during the summer break. 150 students have been direct beneficiaries as a result of Variety's tremendous contribution. This program provides enriched opportunities to students that would otherwise not have the ability to experience them.
Vancouver Adopt-A-School: Dave Sidoo ($10,000) – Picture YES
Dave Sidoo is a prominent Vancouver-based businessman who is passionately involved in philanthropy. As a part of his philanthropic work, Mr. Sidoo donated $10,000 towards the Weekend Food Program that is currently operating at one of our inner-city elementary schools. Through the Vancouver Adopt-A-School Program, Mr. Sidoo provided funding to sustain a yearlong program supporting families with weekend food. It is contributors like Mr. Sidoo that enables our district to support our students and families to the greatest capacity. Relate Church is also involved in this project, by providing the volunteer support to sustain the day-to-day operations of the program.
Vancouver Adopt-A-School: Guru Nanak Free Kitchen ($2,850)
The Guru Nanak Free Kitchen (GNFK) raised and donated $2,850 towards the Weekend Food Program that is currently operating at one of our inner-city elementary schools. Through the Vancouver Adopt-A-School Program, Guru Nanak Free Kitchen has supported the program since its inception. We look forward to continued collaboration with GNFK to continue this program's sustained impact.
Solaris Management Consultants ($2,000)
For another consecutive year, Solaris Management Consultants are providing a $2,000 contribution to support the Forsyth Road Afterschool BLAST program for the 2016-17 school year. The funds will be used to cover program expenditure and continue ensuring students receive enriched programming at no-cost for families. Students participate in this afterschool program at no-cost and receive enriched learning opportunities in nutrition, physical activity, arts, science, and more.
Forsyth Road Elementary, BLAST Program
Partners 36 Scholarships ($59,750)
The Surrey School District would like to thank all of their generous scholarship donors for supporting the outstanding 2016 graduates across the district. In total, 13 donors helped in awarding 32 scholarships amounting to a total of $59,750. All scholarship winners will be using their awarded funds to further pursue post-secondary education. We look forward to awarding the next group of outstanding graduates with Partner 36 Scholarship in 2017. Best of luck to all of the 2016 graduates in their next chapters.
Tzu Chi Foundation
The Tzu Chi Foundation contributed $20,000 to the district's Community Schools Department to run D.R.E.A.M. spring break camps at 15 Surrey Elementary School sites. Camps, which ran 930 am – 230 pm over one week of spring break, provided sport, recreation, art, literacy and leadership development sessions at no cost to more than 500 students thanks to the support of Tzu Chi. A wide range of community partner groups also volunteered their time and expertise to give students a chance to experience new activities and develop new skills. Partners included:
Aspire Dance Academy
BC Dairy Association
Vancouver Dodgeball League
Seung-ri Black Belt Academy
Yoga It Up
School Supplies for Students
Telus Community Ambassadors "Kits for Kids Program" and Staples "Stuff the Bus" program have combined forces again this year to donate 500 backpacks filled with complete supplies packs for elementary and secondary students in Surrey. Staples and Telus Community Ambassadors, purchase, collate, pack and deliver the backpacks to schools. RBC branches in Surrey also joined in the campaign this year, funding the purchase of backpacks and supplies for an additional 100 packs which RBC staff packed and delivered to schools. In total 27 elementary and secondary schools received supplies backpacks this year valued at more than $40,000.