October 25, 2016

Peel board declares Oct. 26 as United Way Giving Day

Peel schools ‘Inspire Possibility!’ in the community

The Peel District School Board has declared Oct. 26 as United Way Giving Day in support of the United Way of Peel Region. The board encourages staff, students and parents to donate a loonie or toonie on Oct. 26. 

“There are 66,000 children living in poverty in our Peel communities, many of whom attend our schools," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "Funds raised will have a big impact for those in need in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. Through United Way of Peel Region, thousands in our community will receive the resources and support that they need most.”
 
Here are some ways that donations will make a difference in the lives of children and families across Peel:
  • $5 provides a child in need with after-school snacks for one week
  • $10 provides a school age child in need with homework assistance for one day
  • $25 provides a single parent and one child with a day’s worth of groceries and gifts during the holidays
  • $50 provides a child in need with a warm winter coat 
  • $100 provides a young person living in a shelter with three meals a day for one week
In addition to United Way Giving Day, the Peel board also has a campaign planned from Oct. 26 to Nov. 25, 2016, to encourage staff to consider payroll deductions to be used to support United Way of Peel Region and the agencies it serves. 

Funds raised will support the United Way of Peel Region and the network of social service agencies it supports in the community. Schools will use social media to share their fundraising efforts with the hashtag #InspirePossibility.

The Peel board serves more than 154,000 students in kindergarten to grade 12. Operating 250 schools in the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel. For more information, visit www.peelschools.org.

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Media contact: Aileen Padua, United Way Chair and Principal, Credit Valley Public School, 905-607-0770, aileen.padua@peelsb.com 

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