Editor: I recently visited one of our inner-city schools to inquire re: the Breakfast Program, and was astonished to learn of the large number of children being fed through the program. I also learned that staff at the school is attempting to provide basic lunches to children who arrive with nothing. Funds are limited, and such endeavours rely greatly on donations to survive.
Our educators and volunteers work tirelessly to meet the needs of these children — not only physical needs, but emotional and social needs, and at the same time to educate them.
I also became aware of the efforts of teachers to provide boxes at Christmas to needy families. The teachers “give and give and give”. The needs are ongoing; I am told that February and March are particularly difficult months, as families struggle to pay for furnace oil.
A choir with which I am associated (the Confederation Singers) pooled resources and this week was able to make a donation of appropriate food items and grocery store gift cards to this school. The donation was gratefully received.
I would like to challenge other choirs and organizations across our Island to look into the needs in our schools, and consider making a group donation. As well, individuals may be able to volunteer their time in the morning to assist in the serving areas.
It is a wonderful opportunity to interact with these children, to encourage and to show them that we care. These are our neighbours’ children. They will be the parents of our grandchildren. In them lie our hopes and dreams for tomorrow.
Together, we can make a difference.
Ruth Ann Read-Clay,