GPCSD Education Foundation

2020 Year in Review

Message from Chair

The past year has been busy for the foundation as usual. Without doubt this year has been dominated by the pandemic and its effects on our community. When schools closed because of the pandemic in March the Foundation Snack Program which had been providing food support to students of our district found ways to continue. So, the most needy in our district continued to get food support at home right through the summer. In addition, the foundation, thanks to Executive Director and her team was able to also provide support to the needy in the larger community. This was possible through the hard work of Executive Director and her team plus the generosity of many donors and nonprofit agencies. This, for me, illustrates a basic teaching of Jesus, " I was hungry, and you gave me to eat."

John Witschen

Scholarships - Over $9,000 Awarded

Congratulations to all the Grande Prairie & District Catholic School graduating recipients of the GPCSD Education Foundation Scholarships. The Education Foundation awarded $9,100 in scholarship funding.

Special Project Funding - $10,000 Awarded

Congratulations to our recipients of the Special Projects Funding, this year the GPCSD Education Foundation awarded $10,000. To date the GPCSD Education Foundation has awarded over $114,000 to enhance learning in our school district.

Alberta Blue Cross - Senior Support $5,000 Funding

Thanks to a grant from the Alberta Blue Cross COVID Community Roots Program the GPCSD Education Foundation was able to purchase puzzles, yarn, and Christmas chocolates for our students to deliver to local senior housing in their communities. While spreading holiday joy and fulfilling their community service projects the students were able to spread the love in their communities.

Warning!!! CUTE VIDEO ALERT!!!!

United Way ECSF Grant - $24,200 Laptop Funding

A grant of $24,200 to the GPCSD Education Foundation from the United Way Alberta Northwest allowed the purchase of 75 new chrome books to assist students learning from home. Updated technology is essential for student's success while learning virtually.

Community Foundation ECSF Grant - $7,500 Hygiene Bags

The GPCSD Education Foundation delivered 500 hygiene bags to organizations in our community.

Thank you to Rachelle Bell at St John Paul II Catholic School and her KIHEW Leadership team, we were happy to make your vision come to life.

GPCSD Education Foundation and the Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools

continue to fulfill community service projects to help all those in need. This community service project wouldn’t be possible without the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta though the ECSF grant.

Grande Prairie Schools Snack Program

GP Schools Snack Program - Serving Over 100,000 Meals Annually

The GP Schools Snack program offered a universal breakfast program at all GPCSD Elementary, Junior High School, and all 3 High Schools, serving over 100,000 meals to students annually. In addition, our program offers emergency lunches and smoothies.

GPCSD Education Foundation Feeding Families - Over 2,000 Family Meals Delivered

When the pandemic interrupted in class learning the GPCSD Education Foundation shifted the current GP Schools Snack Program to help provide meals to students while learning from home. Thanks to generous community supporters, Alberta Education Funding, Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools, FCSS Grant($20,100),and United Way ECSF Grant($37,500), the GPCSD Education Foundation was able to provide over 50 families in need weekly hampers. From March – August deliveries of homemade frozen meals and pantry items were made to families within our district.

GPCSD Education Foundation Feeding Shelters - Over 27,000 Meals Served

The GPCSD Education Foundation was called upon by the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership team to help provide meals for local homeless shelters. Making daily visits to Rotary House, as well as weekend visits to the Parkside Inn with homemade meals.

Thanks to Grande Prairie & District Catholic Schools, United Way ECSF Grant($40,200), and the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta ECSF Grant($64,320) for supporting our most vulnerable community members during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Lost Lake Loop For Lunches

We would like to thank Krista Mitchell the founder of the Triple Terrain Trail Trekkers for selecting our GP Schools Snack Program as their charity for this event. They donated almost $2000 to help feed children in our district.

We look forward to helping promote and grow the event for next year.

Cars for Christmas Lottery

The GPCSD Education Foundation partnered with the Swan City Rotary Club for the Cars for Christmas Lottery. The lottery was a huge success, final draw to take place January 12 2021.

This year's lottery proceeds will go to regional food banks as well as 13 community programs including the GPCSD Education Foundation to help support our endeavors.

Youth Fine Arts Special Project - Purchase Your Tile

Show your support for Youth Fine Arts Special Project by purchasing your tile at the KMSC Law Performing Arts Theatre. The KMSC Law Performing Arts Theatre, located at the St John Paul II Catholic School, is open to the community for performing arts productions.

Please check the website for sponsorship opportunities.