October 17, 2016

Peel board declares Oct. 18 as Toonie Tuesday to support Hurricane Matthew relief effort

​​The Peel District School Board is encouraging its staff, students and parents to lend a helping hand on Oct. 18 to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. All funds raised during the Toonie Tuesday event will be donated to UNICEF Canada to send urgent support to respond to the needs of all families and children affected by the devastating hurricane.

“When something happens in another part of the world, we are always ready to do our part in helping others,” says Tony Pontes, director of education at the Peel board. “It is important to emphasize global citizenship to our students and help those in need. We know that we are part of such a giving community and are confident that our campaign will be successful.” 

Staff, students and families can choose to donate at Peel board schools and work locations on Oct. 18, or make an online donation anytime at http://www.unicef.ca/peelschools.

UNICEF Canada is already on the ground in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, providing relief to more than 1.4 million people. Donations will go towards purchasing medical supplies, sanitation and hygiene goods, and providing educational and early child development equipment to children and families affected by this disaster. 

The Peel board serves more than 154,000 students in 250 schools across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga and is the largest employer in Peel Region. For more information about the Peel board, please visit www.peelschools.org

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Reference: Avishka Juta, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2098, avishka.juta@peelsb.com 
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