The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation is your local champion of children and youth, and we need your support now more than ever! Did you know that during the pandemic up to the end of August, through Learning Foundation programs, we provided more than $472,000 in grocery gift cards support to food vulnerable students and families in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.
Our support is continuing with 477 backpacks full of school supplies provided to students who otherwise would go without. Food for Learning programs are providing nutrition to both at school and virtual learners and our Student Emergency Fund is responding to funding requests for children and youth in crisis situations.
As a School Principal has said, “I choose to give to The Learning Foundation because I know that the money I give will directly impact the lives of children. I know whatever I give makes a difference for children and their families. Our children are our most precious asset and as such, every child deserves the best start in life we can give them. Our children shape the future.”
Another School Principal shared this about our programs, “As a school principal, I think I have the best job in the world. I have the tremendous privilege to work with and to celebrate with our families and our students as they overcome obstacles and take monumental steps towards their goals and lifelong success. I also find myself supporting our families and students as they tackle the lowest of lows. And, one of the critical pillars of support that we as a school and a board provide comes to us by way of The Learning Foundation. Since the beginning of my career with Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board 3 years ago, I have seen the funds from The Learning Foundation used in a number of ways: Supporting the purchase of eyeglasses, providing assistance with travel to crucial out-of-town medical appointments, immediate nutritional support through Food for Learning, emergency housing support for a family in dire need, assistance with the purchase of second hand laundry equipment for a student who was coming to school with dirty clothes, assistance with accessing curricular and extracurricular opportunities, the list goes on and on.”
The Learning Foundation exists to fundraise for programs and services that overcome barriers and help students succeed in school. We believe that all students should have the support they need to realize well-being and success, and we are committed to creating equal opportunities or all students. Programs such as Prom Project, Food for Home, the Good Backpack Program, The Student Emergency Fund and Food for Learning help students to actively participate in their school life. Our programs break down barriers and level the playing field in a non-stigmatizing way.
Now More than Ever, we need you to be a Superhero and make a donation so we can continue to provide equity, fight poverty and help the hungry!