Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association calls on BC government to develop and implement a Poverty Reduction Strategy

VANCOUVER, Nov. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Teachers in Vancouver know the faces of children living in poverty. Many students arrive in schools hungry, tired, anxious, and with a myriad of needs that Vancouver teachers work tirelessly to help with each and every day.

"We are embarrassed and outraged being in the province with the highest rate of child poverty in the country" says Gerry Kent president of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association. Vancouver teachers support the recommendations made by First Call in their Poverty Report Card released today, including the implementation of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy. "Teachers will continue to do their utmost to serve children and families, but we know that real change comes through the political will of government. Vancouver teachers demand action to meet the needs of those living in poverty in this city and province."

SOURCE: VESTA: Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association

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For more information about this media release, contact: Gerry Kent, President, Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association at, 604-873-8378 (office) or 604-961-2735 (cell)

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