Media Advisory - The Fraser Institute provides choice of Calgary private schools to 100 students from low-income families

    CALGARY, April 23 /CNW/ - One hundred low-income Calgary families will
receive tuition assistance grants from Children First: School Choice Trust
that will allow them to send their children to a school of their choice in
2007-2008. The grants will be presented Tuesday, April 24 during a ceremony at
Lycee Louis Pasteur School.
    Children First is a Fraser Institute program, launched in Calgary last
    The Children First grants are worth 50 per cent of the cost of tuition at
any one of more than 40 independent schools in Calgary, to an annual maximum
of $2,500. The grants allow parents with children who may need special school
programs to choose from among the number of diverse independent schools in the
Calgary area. The grants are available starting with kindergarten-age children
and are renewable through Grade 6, as long as the family remains eligible.
Average tuition at participating independent schools is $3,400 per year.
    Please join Derek Hunter of the Hunter Family Foundation, whose
generosity has helped make the program available in Calgary, at this event
where he will present the tuition assistance grants to the families.
    Michael Thomas, Program Director of Children First, along with many
families receiving grants and members of the independent school community will
also be at the event and will be available to speak to interested media.
    Along with the total number of families applying for grants, additional
information on the demographic breakdown of applicant families, including
their geographic distribution, and the percentage headed by single parents
will be available.
    All interested media are invited to attend.

    Grant Announcement Event

    DATE:        Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    SCHEDULE:    11:00 am    Registration
                 11:15 am    Remarks by Derek Hunter, Hunter Family
                             Foundation and Michael Thomas, Program Director,
                             Children First

    LOCATION:    Lycee Louis Pasteur School
                 4099 Garrison Boulevard S.W., Calgary

    Children First: School Choice Trust is the only program in Canada
providing tuition assistance to help low income families send their children
to the school of their choice. Overseen by The Fraser Institute, the program
launched in Ontario in 2003 and Alberta was added in January 2006 thanks to a
grant from The Hunter Family Foundation.

    Launched in Alberta in January 2006, Children First: School Choice Trust
is a program of The Fraser Institute with initial financial support provided
by The Hunter Family Foundation. The program was first established in Ontario
in 2003. Complete program details are available at

For further information:

For further information: Michael Thomas, Program Director, Children
First School Trust, Tel. (416) 363-6575, ext. 223, Email:

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