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Union helps at high school


A program at New Westminster Secondary School that helps students with special needs realize their potential recently received $20,000 from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 247.

This is the second donation the Union has given to help enhance programming in the Foundations for Success program at the high school.

"This is funding that is so appreciated and will provide enhanced opportunities for learning for our students. To date, we have purchased a Smart board, two projectors and two laptop computers for our program. We also have plans to purchase a washer, dryer and dishwasher to facilitate the domestic life skills component of our independent living class," department head Colleen Ray said in a media release. "In addition, the donations have allowed us to explore more relevant, hands-on activities in the community where our students will live and hopefully work. The donations from Local 247 are not only making a difference for their learning today, but also for their success in the future."

The purpose of the Foundations program is to help students develop a comprehensive range of life skills that will enable them to function independently and to participate to the best of their ability as they transition from school to the community.

"We are very pleased to be able to make this donation again this year," Suzanne Hodge, Union President, said in the release. "Our past (and late) President, Gib Whitlock, was very supportive of education programs in the community, and we would be very proud to see how we are investing in the students who need this kind of support".

Last year, Local 247's donation also helped provide a small library for students, creating an enjoyable and relaxing learning environment.

The local Union is a community benefactor, operating its Training Centre on Columbia Street in New Westminster, which provides services and training to its members as well as the broader community. The Union is also part of the National Union that is the single largest donor in the country to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Canada.

"We are very proud of our tradition of fundraising the donations in the community," Dan Goodman, the Union's Secretary-Treasurer, said in the release. "Providing funding to the Foundations program at NWSS is another great cause. We have seen firsthand how our donations are affecting the children in a positive way."

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