Students from Algoma District School Board (ADSB)
will once again benefit from a generous donation made by United Steelworkers
(USW) Local 2251. A cheque in the amount of $11,750 was presented at a recent
Principals’ meeting. The donation will
support the ADSB Breakfast programs and will be divided so that all ADSB
schools, both local and district wide, will receive a portion.
Mike DePratt, President of USW Local 2251, was on
hand to make the cheque presentation on behalf of the United Steelworkers. Algoma District School Board Director of
Education Lucia Reece, Superintendent Joe Maurice and Principal Tim Pearson
(representing ADSB elementary and secondary principals) accepted the donation. Tim shared with DePratt just how many students
access the breakfast program at his school.
It is a much needed and sought after program within the school and Tim
expressed his appreciation to Mike and Local 2251 sharing that a program such
as this cannot continue to run without the support of community and agency
These kinds of donations go a long way to support
the purchase of fresh fruit, milk, yoghurt, cereals and other healthy options,
much needed by some students who arrive at school without breakfast or lunch
for the day
Studies have shown that children whose nutritional
needs are met have fewer attendance and discipline problems, and their ability
to learn is enhanced.
Last year, USW Local 2251, donated $10,000 to the
ADSB Breakfast Program.