Vernon School District superintendent Joe Rogers (left) and chairperson Bill Turanski accept a $6

Vernon School District superintendent Joe Rogers (left) and chairperson Bill Turanski accept a $6

Donation lifts school program

The Vernon School District’s breakfast program recently received a $6,000 donation from Sun Life Financial advisor Ken Hewson

Kids heading back to school in September are being given a boost to their day.

The Vernon School District’s breakfast program recently received a $6,000 donation from Sun Life Financial advisor Ken Hewson, of Hewson Financial Services.

The program offers healthy breakfast choices for students in need to help them focus on their studies and enhance their ability to learn.

“The breakfast program meets children’s primary needs,” said Keith McLean, an aboriginal  support worker who assists with the program. “It helps them prepare for class, settle and focus on their studies and to participate fully in the classroom.”

After learning about the program and the local need, the donation was an easy decision for Hewson.

“There’s kids that actually go to school without breakfast, I can’t believe it,” he said.

Thanks to the donation, the program will be able to ensure kids don’t start their day hungry.

“We can probably get 3,000 breakfasts out of $6,000,” said superintendent Joe Rogers.