Board asks government to extend deadline for school donations to
TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The Peel District School Board has set Sept. 21
as Toonie Tuesday to send hope to Pakistan. Many Peel board
schools are participating in the voluntary campaign and funds raised
will support UNICEF's relief efforts. The board has sent a letter to the
government requesting the deadline be extended so that schools are able
to have their donations matched.
"Our students are tremendously giving and care deeply about the world
around them," says Janet McDougald, chair of the board. "It's important
that the government support the generosity of our young people and
extend the deadline so that school donations will also be matched. By
setting the Sept. 12 deadline, the government has excluded schools from
having donations matched. Although I'm sure this wasn't intentional, the
government needs to be reminded of the great work schools do to help
when humanitarian emergencies arise."
To help the people in Pakistan begin to rebuild their lives, the Peel
board is sending a message of hope. On Sept. 21, every student, staff
member and parent is invited to contribute a loonie or toonie to support
relief efforts in the region. This is a completely voluntary campaign.
All of the funds collected will be sent to Unicef. Unicef has been on
the ground in Pakistan since 1948 and had prepositioned emergency
suppliers that were ready to deploy when the floods hit.
The Peel board serves more than 150,000 students in kindergarten to
grade 12. Operating 233 schools in the municipalities of Brampton,
Caledon and Mississauga, the Peel board is the largest employer in Peel.
The board's annual budget is $1.3 billion. For more information, visit
the board's website, www.peelschools.org.
SOURCE Peel District School Board
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