Strathcona Elementary: Inner City Support
$9,750 raised
65% of $15k goal
16 contributors
44 Weeks running

Vital to our community is our ability to support families that find themselves struggling to meet basic needs for their children. We want to provide short term assistance to them and support them in building capacity in partnership with other agencies. 

Emergency funds are used to support:
o Donation support children’s registration costs for After school athletic programs, (basketball leagues, baseball league, swimming lessons,…) athletic equipment for students and registration for holiday safe camps and rec programs in Spring, Winter and Summer.
o Food security (grocery vouchers, school snacks)
o Bus tickets, lice kits, bed bug covers,
o Emergency needs: These needs included food, clothing, shoes, winter clothing, beds and linens for families moving into permanent housing from transition shelters, prescription costs for things like glasses, antibiotics….
o Holiday vouchers and gifts
o Food supplies for sharing pantry for families throughout the year.
o Rain ponchos, mittens, hats for field trips
o Reserved money for children who require clothing – rain boots, outerwear, warm clothing, sports gear


Adopt-a-School has established a new COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUND campaign.  If you would like to support this, please donate via


We know that when we start our annual Adopt-a-School campaign this fall, we will continue to hear — and report — stories of the plight of children living in our cities, and our neighbourhoods, many of whom go to school every day without having had a good breakfast, without warm clothing and the basic necessities they require to get the best start in life.

We know, too, that our readers will continue to help us improve their situation, to provide breakfast and lunch and jackets and shoes, to those who need it most.

Since the day our first Adopt-a-School news story was published in the fall of 2011, generous Vancouver Sun readers have helped us raise close to $5 million to improve the lives of B.C.’s neediest school children.

The 2018 campaign alone resulted in a record $923,774 being granted to 129 public schools across the province to feed, clothe and provide for impoverished children and their families.

The money you donate helps teachers and school staff who are dealing with children suffering from the effects of poverty and enables them to provide breakfast or lunch, or food at weekends.  We are grateful for that, and for the opportunity to make a difference.

“The plight of these children and their families is a major social issue. This newspaper’s editorial policy is that government must recognize there are thousands of children coming to school hungry every day and do something to alleviate it,” said Harold Munro, editor in chief of The Vancouver Sun and Province, and chair of The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund, under which Adopt-a-School operates.

“It should not be left solely in the hands of sympathetic teachers, volunteers and the charity of the public.” (In 2018) our readers responded magnificently. Their generosity has been overwhelming and everyone who helped us with a donation has my deepest gratitude.”



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