Since the beginning of the school year this September, the Halton Learning Foundation (HLF) has witnessed a 40% increase in the number of elementary and high school students who need some financial help.

HLF has provided support for food, clothing, school supplies and learning opportunities for over 700 students of the Halton District School Board (HDSB) this fall, compared to 500 this time last year. All requests to HLF for assistance come from HDSB principals on behalf of their students.

The charitable organization is currently running its annual No Student Left Behind campaign to raise critical funds for its Eliminating Barriers to Learning program. The program provides financial support for basic necessities that help kids come to school and stay focused on learning. It needs support this year more than ever.

“Halton families are experiencing financial stress for many reasons, including job loss, illness combined with no workplace benefits, or simply the high cost of housing,” says Lesley Mansfield, CEO of the Halton Learning Foundation.

Mansfield says the support HLF provides is small in the scheme of things, but it can often have a transformative impact on a student. “Clean, properly-fitted clothes and shoes can help a student fit in instead of stand out; support for healthy lunches means a child can focus on lessons instead of on hunger.”

If you would like to provide a gift to support a student in our community, please visit: www.nostudentleftbehind.ca or call 905-335-3665, ext. 3408.