The Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) celebrated its 15th Annual Benefit Bash on November 1 with a momentous announcement – a donation of $250,000 from American Iron & Metal, and its local division AIM Recycling Hamilton,  in support of low-income students in the Halton District School Board (HDSB).

AIM Recycling Hamilton’s gift is the single largest one-year donation in the 15-year history of the charitable organization.

The donation will provide support for at least 1,000 elementary and secondary school students across the HDSB whose families are struggling to provide basic necessities that help keep kids in school and engaged in learning. Schools can apply for funds by submitting a request through the Halton Learning Foundation.

“About one in 10 students in the Halton District School Board lives at or below the poverty line, which create a barrier to learning,” says Lesley Mansfield, Executive Director of HLF. “This extraordinary gift  will ensure more than 1,000 students have nutritious lunches, clothing and school supplies, school transportation or help to participate in learning opportunities like field trips.”

Currently HLF provides emergency financial support for about 1,100 students annually, but the need is growing. HLF’s two year plan is to double the number of students it supports through its Eliminating Barriers Fund. This school year, requests are up more than 30 per cent over last year.

“AIM Recycling Hamilton is proud to support the Halton Learning Foundation and the Halton District School Board in their efforts to ensure equity for students across Halton,” says Ron Black, co-owner and Treasurer of AIM, General Manager of AIM Recycling Hamilton. “We believe that people’s success and well-being is based on safety, fairness and access to education. These beliefs mesh well with HLF’s vision to ensure that all HDSB students have equal opportunities for participation, engagement and success.”

“The Halton District School Board is extremely appreciative of the support from both AIM and the Halton Learning Foundation,” says Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the HDSB. “When community partners work with schools to support our students, we can have a tremendous impact on young people.”

About American Iron & Metal (AIM)

Founded in 1936 in Montreal, American Iron & Metal (AIM) is a family-owned company, recognized as a World leader in the metal recycling industry. As part of its commitment to environmental and social responsibility, AIM supports more than 40 community initiatives annually through donations, partnerships and employee volunteer activities.

With its 50 acres site in the heart of Canada’s steel industry, AIM Recycling Hamilton recuperates, weighs, sorts, conditions and recycles scrap metals and delivers turn-key scrap management solutions to industrial clients. AIM Recycling Hamilton is also servicing the general public/retail market, offering top dollar for every pound of scrap metal brought in its clean and safe yard.