PIE Education began with Craig Russell of PIE and Barrie-Springwater-Oro Medonte MP Alex Nuttall in the summer of 2013. The genesis of the program was to provide a hand-up to children with the need for educational supplies that live within our county limits. This initiative has provided 7,500+ backpacks filled with school supplies to children receiving support from organizations such as Barrie and Simcoe County Gov’t Housing, Canadian Mental Health Association, Children’s Aid as well as First Nation’s Peoples. The program now reaches well outside of the county. Craig and Alex have now set the target as bringing PIE Education Province wide.
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Here’s how many needy Simcoe students will get free backpacks next month
A record-breaking number of backpacks filled with school supplies are ready for needy Simcoe County students as they head back to class next month.
For the past four years, PIE Education has donated 1,500 supply-filled backpacks to students.
This year, the program, which is led by MP Alex Nuttall and PIE Wood Fired Pizza owner Craig Russell, will provide 2,200 of the colourful backpacks.
“It’s great to expand the program by another 500 recipients throughout Simcoe County in recognition of our fifth anniversary,” Nuttall said during a kickoff at the restaurant’s Barrie beachfront location Aug. 16.
The bags are given to various community organizations such as Family Connexions and CMHA, which distribute them to the children and youth they support.
Russell, who started the program with Nuttall five years, said going to school on the first day with a new backpack and supplies helps students fit in.
“We believe every child should have the confidence and tools to succeed in school, and without the help of our sponsors and donors, we wouldn’t be able to provide this support year after year,” he said.
About $18,000 was raised this year through sponsors and the PIE annual golf tournament to purchase the supplies.
NEWS Aug 18, 2017 by Rick Vanderlinde