Did you know?
The Education Foundation of Ottawa was established in 2005 as a registered charity to help students in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board who are risk of school failure due to factors associated with poverty. Here are some facts:
- 42,000 children in Ottawa live in poverty.
- 39% of food bank users in Ottawa are children.
- Children who come to school hungry cannot learn.
- You can help. Find out more about the Foundation.
This is a one-day event organized by the Education Foundation of Ottawa. On the second Tuesday in February each year, we ask students to donate a Toonie! (We are suggesting a toonie, but we will accept any amount!)
All funds raised on Toonie Tuesday will go directly to our Students in Crisis Fund that provides emergency funding for our students. Last year over 50 schools participated and we raised over $15,000!
The Students in Crisis Fund was set up by the Education Foundation of Ottawa to support the emergency needs of individual students brought about by financial hardship.
Over the past year, the Education Foundation has disbursed over $140,000 to pay for winter coats, boots, hats and mitts, food vouchers, emergency medication such as Epi-pens and other medications where the family cannot afford it, running shoes, emergency transportation, and field trip transportation for thousands of low-income students.
In a community as wealthy as Ottawa, it’s hard to fathom that many children and young adults come to school on empty stomachs and others have no winter coats or boots. Recent research indicates that over 40,000 children in our city live in poverty. Many of these kids go to our schools.
For more information, please call Chris McGarvey at 613-596-8211 x8303 or at via e-mail.