For many Halton families with school-age kids, the past year has meant lost jobs, uneven at-home learning support and a struggle for basic needs. For students who come from such homes, the upcoming school year is expected to be more challenging than ever before.

The Halton District School Board (HDSB) expects hundreds of additional students this year may need assistance from the Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) to get Back to School with the basic necessities for success. Annually, funds from HLF assist about 1,400 HDSB students across Halton.

“We know we have many families who are struggling financially,” said David Boag, Associate Director of Education at the HDSB. “It is more important now than ever that our students have the resources and tools they need to fully engage in school, and we are so fortunate that we can call upon the HLF to provide some support for our families in need.”

“At the beginning of every school year there are always kids who come to class without school supplies, lunches or clothing that fits,” said Lesley Mansfield, CEO of HLF. “With kids now returning to in-person learning, teachers and principals can more readily identify those students who need some assistance from HLF to fit in at school and focus on learning.”

HLF is currently running its annual Back to School Campaign, which aims to raise $35,000 by the end of September to help 175 HDSB students with the basic necessities to start school on the right foot.

To make a donation, please visit haltonlearningfoundation.ca/backtoschool.