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Chudleigh’s supports school through HLF Adopt-A-School Program

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The Chudleigh family has always had a heart for children.“Kids are the life of the farm,” remarks Dean Chudleigh, President of Chudleigh’s Commercial Bakery and Entertainment Farm. Chudleigh’s has renewed their support of the “Adopt a School” program at Halton Learning Foundation for the second year in a row. Chudleigh’s grants have enabled students at JM Denyes Public School to benefit from additional literacy and numeracy resources, physical education equipment, and also an enhanced daily breakfast program. Dean and his brothers were all once students at the Milton school, and so it holds a special place in their hearts. After one of his many in-school visits, he remarked how being in the same school brings back great memories.

The “Adopt a School” program is one of many initiatives of the Halton Learning Foundation, the charitable arm of the Halton District School Board. Through the HLF, everyone in the community can take part in the education experience of all Halton District School Board students. Whether it is by providing emergency help for students in need, funding new resources and projects that enrich the learning environment, or by recognizing student achievement with scholarships, the Foundation’s ultimate purpose is to support students and strengthen schools.

On any given weekday there are 15-20 school busses parked out front with eager children exploring the  Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm, which has evolved from the Chudleigh family’s desire to promote farming with the general public. What once began as a ‘pick-your-own-fruit’ facility has now grown to include a retail store, and a fully licensed restaurant and a children’s play area boasting hay bales, slides and a giant straw maze.  Dean estimates that the farm hosts upwards of 25,000 children per year. The farm offers many students the chance to embrace the true farm experience with over 100 acres of apple trees and breezy, wide-open spaces. “You should see the amazement in their eyes,” Dean shares.

“Our core areas of support will always be children, education and health initiatives”, Chudleigh noted. Chudleigh provides three reasons why their company gives back to their community: to be a good corporate citizen, to promote staff pride in their workplace, and to attract potential employees.

“With the rapid growth in population and the rich cultural diversity of Milton, schools are having to reach out to the community even more to provide students with additional resources and learning experiences that meet the learning needs of a variety of students,” says Pat Wright, Executive Director of the Halton Learning Foundation. “We are fortunate to have donors like Chudleigh’s who believes in children and education and in contributing to their community.”

“I wish other people knew how they could really make a difference. A few dollars here and there each month can really have an impact,” continues Dean. “I know not everyone has the ability to make large donations, but everyone can give something, whether time or talent or money. Besides that, the emotional satisfaction you get in return is well worth it.” Dean hopes that in partnering with other like-minded donors, together they can change the lives of many students. Schools need you!”

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