Lori over at Family Trees May Contain Nuts shared this story, and it caught at my heart-strings.
This school in East Vancouver is struggling to meet the needs of their students with emotional, mental and physical disabilities and disorders. Read below to get just a bit of their story.
“Admiral Seymour Elementary School is located in Vancouver's Downtown East Side and is one of our city's needy inner city schools. Seymour's population is made up of 133 students enrolled in 7 divisions, including a district class for students with special needs. (Learning Disabilities + Behaviour Disorders) The demographics of our learning community are diverse; over 70% of our students speak another language at home other than English, which amounts to 42% of our population qualifying to receive ESL support, 32% of our students are aboriginal, and 25% of our students have been identified with having special learning challenges such as learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, medical diagnosis etc. Many of our students do not have designations that warrant ministry funding for support from counselors, art therapists or expressive art therapists. However, they are our most vulnerable children. The ones who are perpetually filled with sadness and anxiety. These are the children who seem to be falling through the cracks.”
They’ve applied to Aviva for financial support to try to meet these needs for the next 2 years. We can all help by voting for them – just go to the site: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf11733 to read more and to cast your vote.
I’m tempted to rant here about the constant and repeated cutbacks to education, health care, and social assistance in this province – and to rave on about the inequities in our society. But I won’t – suffice it to say I think less spending on the elite and more on those with needs would go a long way to making life a little more palatable.
Won’t you help these kids????? Blessings, Peg