The CWC elves have been at it again…😁
We recently received a request from a staff member at
Durham Alternative Secondary school in downtown Oshawa. This school services approximately 350 students between the ages of
14-21. Many live independently, experience transitional housing issues or live temporarily within the shelter system. Their students are trying to get back on track and have chosen to return to school in the hopes of becoming more engaged and bettering their lives through education. How and why they have come to
Durham Alternative Secondary School is not nearly as important to their staffing team as why they stay…..and graduate.
Good nutrition is integral to learning and the school’s staff does everything they can to ensure that their students receive at least one meal a day and a full bag of groceries, including
toiletries, when needed. The staff have created a food cupboard on site to provide their students and their families with groceries when the need arises. They are proud of the culture they’ve created at DASS where their students are welcomed, safe, cared for and feel warmth and belonging everyday.
Unfortunately, their needs have increased significantly with the rise in the cost of groceries, the cost of living and unemployment. Their cupboards are continuous low in stock of the basics
Companies Who Care is proud to have had the opportunity to step up and make a financial donation to restock those supply cupboards. After some savvy shopping by school staff, the school’s food bank is now well stocked with lots of nutritional choices including cans, boxes and even fresh and frozen meal options.
Students know that they won’t have to go hungry, and with full tummies, they can focus on their education. More importantly, they’ve learned that even strangers care about them and are rooting for them as they work their way toward their diplomas and gradation day!
Also, a big thanks to the staff at the Durham Alternative Secondary School for going above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to supporting, mentoring and cheering on the young minds of tomorrow!