Oakville Rotary Clubs Help Students During School Closures

Oakville’s four Rotary Clubs are stepping up to ensure vulnerable students in the community are supported during school closures caused by the pandemic.

The clubs have donated more than $2,600 to the Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) to help provide food and school necessities for students of the Halton District School Board (HDSB).

-The Rotary Club of Oakville West has donated $1,000 for nutrition to help HDSB high school students in need.

-The Rotary Clubs of Oakville, Oakville Trafalgar, Oakville West and Passport have donated $1,650 to help cover the cost of Internet access for students in 11 Oakville families, through their Oakville Rotary Relief Fund.

Ronald Gall, Community Chair of the Rotary Club of Oakville West, says their donation will help support food for teens, who typically will not go to food banks. “Many high school students live on their own and they are struggling right now due to school closures and lack of part-time employment.”

Rod Craig, President of the Rotary Club of Oakville, says the focus of the Oakville Rotary Relief Fund donation is to “ensure all students, regardless of their family’s ability to pay for Internet service, have what they need to continue learning during school hours.”

“The HDSB is grateful to the Oakville Rotary Clubs for their financial contribution (to HLF) to help our students,” says Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board. “With their support, students in need of food and those without access to the Internet during the school closure period can focus on learning.”

In just over six weeks, HLF has provided financial support for 400 students and families, four times more than normal for this time of year. A quarter of those families live in Oakville.