Telus donates school supplies to families in need
Telus is helping 500 Burnaby students get ready for school by providing them each with a free backpack filled with school supplies.
The initiative is part of the telecommunications' company's annual Kits for Kids program, which will be distributing 10,000 backpacks across Canada this year.
“Each parent wants their child to have everything they need to start the school year on the right foot. Unfortunately, several of them are unable to do so due to financial hardships,” said Ross Simpson, local president of the TELUS Community Ambassadors, in a press release.
“Not only do [programs such as Telus'] ease some of the financial burden of back to school shopping, they also level the playing field by ensuring all students start the school year with the same basic supplies as their friends. Children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed, learn and grow.”
Telus Community Ambassadors are employees and retirees who volunteer at community events and in Telus-sponsored programs. Since 2006, they have prepared almost 60,000 Kits for Kids backpacks.
The kits are delivered to school districts in June to allow the schools to determine need and notify recipient children and parents before they break for the summer.