Just in time for the new school year, 210 local students will receive a backpack full of school supplies to help them start the school year off right, courtesy of TELUS Community Ambassadors on the Sunshine Coast.
Each year, TELUS Community Ambassadors fill backpacks with essential school supplies for each grade: pencils, notebooks, loose-leaf sheets, pencil cases, rulers and much more. The Kits for Kids program is part of the annual TELUS Day of Giving — a special day in May when TELUS team members and retirees across Canada volunteer thousands of hours of community service to help build healthy, sustainable communities.
“Going back to school with all the basics you need is essential for success, but they can be expensive for a family working hard to make ends meet. For some, it is a choice between food on the table or pens and paper for school,” said Manjit Kang, president of the Sunshine Coast TELUS Community Ambassadors. “We want to make sure no family has to make that choice, and that all students have the tools they need to succeed at school. All children deserve an opportunity to succeed, learn and grow.”
Since 2006, TELUS Community Ambassadors have donated more than 70,000 Kits for Kids that school districts distribute to help young people start the school year with the supplies they need to flourish.