As kids head back to the classroom, the Halton Learning Foundation is thrilled to announce a generous $100,000 gift from CN in support of low-income students of the Halton District School Board (HDSB).

CN has been a long-time supporter of students and schools through the Halton Learning Foundation (HLF), with gifts totalling more than $800,000 since 2015. The company’s most recent donation will provide assistance for hundreds of elementary and high school students in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville whose families are struggling to provide basic necessities that help keep kids in school and engaged in learning.

“About 1 in 10 students in the Halton District School Board live at or below the poverty line, which creates barriers to learning,” said Lesley Mansfield, CEO of HLF. “We’re so grateful for CN’s ongoing support, particularly at this difficult time for charities. This gift will ensure that more students can access immediate financial support for food, clothing and school supplies.”

“It’s a privilege for CN to partner with the Halton Learning Foundation to help children who need it,” said Keith Reardon, Senior Vice-President, Consumer Product Supply Chain, CN. “We believe strongly in serving the communities in which we operate. Halton Region and the people who live here are important to us.”

Schools apply for funds from HLF on students’ behalf. Last year the charity provided over $330,000 in emergency financial support for 1,500 students across Halton, reflecting a continued rise in demand for assistance over the past several years.