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Sharing in Student Success




Sharing in Student Success 2023

The results are in!

  2023 2022 2021
Total number of applications for assistance: 4,965 3,912 4,035
Total number of duplicate applications found and eliminated: 420 309 339
*Children assisted by partnering agencies: 347 390 676
Children provided with a backpack and supplies by the Caring and Sharing Exchange: 4,198 3,213 3,020
Number of children left unassisted:  0 0 0


You can contribute a financial contribution to the Sharing in Student Success program by clicking here.

If you prefer donating school supplies, please see How to donate school supplies to learn more.

For large/bulk item donations, please contact Rebecca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.We unfortunately cannot use items that are damaged, dirty, or broken as donated items are distributed to children going back to school.

Share in Student Success, Leave no Child Behind

As you may know, the Caring and Sharing Exchange has been the new umbrella name of the organization since September 2011, when a new exciting program called Sharing in Student Success started.

This program provides tangible assistance in the form of grade-appropriate stuffed backpacks.  This year,   a total of 4,535 children received back-to-school assistance (4,198 through Sharing in Student Success and another 347 through our partnering agencies).

Your dollars go further!

Just as we have done since 1915 with Christmas assistance, hundreds of agencies in the area were encouraged to register the names of familes in need who required assistance with school supplies. By cross-referencing the compiled list of over 4,965 registered children, our Coordination Service found 420 duplicate applications!shutterstock 103225604 transparentsmall

This saved the community $27,022, so your donations were used to assist even more families in need. Our Coordination Service continues to ensure thousands of children go back to school with the tools to succeed every school year.

With one in six children in Canada living in poverty, let’s give every child the chance to go to school with their heads held high!

“Thanks to the generosity of the donors in this program, we have been able as a family of newcomers to face this crucial moment for our children which is the new school year, with great serenity and full confidence in our ability to integrate and succeed in this new society that welcomes us. 

We thank you very much for that and hope that our gratitude encourages you to continue in this great contribution."

-Parent of Recipients

Going back to school with their heads held high

Children who are reduced to carrying supplies in a plastic bag and wearing torn shoes can easily become targets of bullying and intimidation. Children just want to fit in and feel equal to their peers.

With the cost of living what it is today, our program will ease a lot of already-tight budgets and will ensure that children go back to school with their head held high!

Give them hope! The Sharing in Student Success Program accepts donations all year round.

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