Anne Marie Jones and Ed Poli, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation president, hand out popcorn to people at the Stock the Lockers 2019 kickoff event Thursday at Harewood Centennial Park. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Anne Marie Jones and Ed Poli, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation president, hand out popcorn to people at the Stock the Lockers 2019 kickoff event Thursday at Harewood Centennial Park. (KARL YU/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo charitable foundation targeting $60K for students in need

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation’s Stock the Lockers campaign goes until Sept. 3

With school starting up again in September, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation aspires to raise $60,000 to help students in need with their education.

The charitable foundation kicked off its Stock the Lockers campaign Thursday, seeking to raise money for less fortunate students in the school district. Crystal Dennison, foundation executive director, says money raised will be used for students of all ages as there’s a need at every school at every grade.

“In high school the requests that we get are a lot of school supplies, the basic school supplies,” said Dennison. “We get requests for a lot of athletic fees [and] graduation fees. We have a lot of students that manage to get through school, stay in and the cost of attending, the cap and gown and all of the year-end stuff is quite prohibitive.”

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Dennison said requests related to field trips are notable when it comes to elementary schools and when it comes to kindergarteners, it can be anything from swimming lessons to medical, for example eyeglasses. Those are extras the foundation is able to contribute on a one-on-one basis, she said.

The Stock the Lockers campaign will run until Sept. 3 and Dennison said there are numerous ways for people to contribute, online at www.nlsf.ca or in-store at Staples, Country Grocer, Coastal Community Credit Union and Nanaimo Honda.

Dennison said $48,000 was raised in 2018.



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