2010 - Media / Médias
Canadian charitable organization awards record 231 grants to broaden students’ horizons through DREAMS – Drama, Recreation, Extracurricular, Arts, Music and Sports
Toronto – In celebration of S’Cool Life Fund’s fifth anniversary of giving, the organization is pleased to announce that 231 deserving elementary schools across the country have been selected to receive grants totalling a record-breaking $450,000. Year after year since 2005, S’Cool Life Fund has provided Canadian students with opportunities to fulfill a variety of exceptional DREAMS in the areas of Drama, Recreation, Extracurricular, Arts, Music and Sports.
“We received a record number of applications this year and have responded accordingly by awarding three times the number of grants as we did in 2008/2009,” said chairman, John I. Bitove. “I think the quantity of schools looking for support is a true testament to the void being left by the budget cuts that plague Canada’s public education system.”
One of the most memorable highlights from this year’s grants is a gift that will make a unique dream come true for the parents and students of Parkfield Junior School in Etobicoke, Ontario. S’Cool Life Fund is awarding the school $11,400 for the construction of a full-scale cricket pitch and necessary equipment that will facilitate a popular extracurricular activity amongst the student population. S’Cool Life Fund selected Parkfield as the recipient of this funding so that students would have an opportunity to connect with their cultural heritage through sport, participate in physical activity and establish relationships with other members of their community.
“S’Cool Life funding would not be possible without the generous support of Priszm Income Fund KFC restaurants and their patrons who participate in a variety of $1 fundraisers throughout the year,” said Bitove. “Thanks to the millions of hand sanitizers, paper airplanes and erasers purchased, thousands of students across the country are now poised to reap the benefits of new sporting equipment, musical curriculums and theatrical costumes. These programs and materials will fulfill many immediate needs as well as create lasting legacies for future generations.”
To date, 649 schools have been awarded grants from S’Cool Life Fund. The 2009/2010 grants will go towards many exciting programs including:
• École Roy et Joly – Rivière-du-Loup, QC – a specialized vibrating ball pool and mobility carts to benefit a group of students with pervasive developmental disorders and physical disabilities. These tools will help stimulate students’ senses, improve their motor skills and ultimately increase independence and self esteem.
• Shediac Cape School – Shediac Cape, NB – a selection of musical instruments and equipment including xylophones, bongos, timpani, music stands and a DVD library to fill the school’s new music room. These supplies will provide students with an opportunity for hands-on music exploration and enriched learning experiences not readily available in this rural community.
• Lakefront School – Crane River, MB – cross-country ski and snowshoeing equipment to be used during an inaugural event intended to celebrate the Metis heritage on Louis Riel Day. Through participation in these activities, students will learn about the history, values and tradition of the Metis culture and help keep the heritage alive amongst the community’s youth.
• Our Lady of Fatima – Brampton, ON – three computers, a printer and supplies for the school’s special needs students who struggle with autism and various physical, cognitive and social limitations. These computers will help bring a voice to students who often feel frustrated by their inability to learn and communicate effectively.
• Prince of Wales School – Calgary, AB – equipment and costumes for a biennial Carnaval celebration to support the school’s French program. With increased exposure to French Canadian culture and experiences, students will develop an authentic awareness of Canada’s second official language and learn the virtues of accepting diverse heritage.
S’Cool Life Fund grants will be awarded to schools across the country in September. For a full list of schools receiving grants please visit http://www.scoollifefund.ca. Media are welcome to attend the presentation ceremonies and help students, staff and parents celebrate these unique gifts.
Grant applications for next year’s recipients will be available online from September to December 31, 2010. Submissions are reviewed and selected by a board of directors on an annual basis. For further information on S’Cool Life Fund and how to request support for your school’s DREAMS, public elementary school teachers, principals, and volunteer parent advisory groups across Canada can visit http://www.scoollifefund.ca or become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/SCool-Life-Fund/112955432072017
About S’Cool Life Fund
S’Cool Life Fund raises funds and donates grants to public elementary school (K to 8 ) extracurricular activities and programs to help kids have a more fun and well-rounded school experience. The Fund is supported by Priszm Income Fund (owner and operator of more than 400 quick service restaurants under the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands), XM Canada, Mobilicity and Scott’s Real Estate Investment Trust. For more information, please visit http://www.scoollifefund.ca and http://www.facebook.com/pages/SCool-Life-Fund/112955432072017.
For more information about S’Cool Life Fund, please contact:
Nick Seliwoniuk, Wilcox Group at 416-203-6666, ext. 243, firstname.lastname@example.org