Tim Horton’s support brings smiles to Peace Regional Outreach Campus and Daycare

Tim Horton’s support brings smiles to Peace Regional Outreach Campus and Daycare

Thanks in part to Peace River Tim Horton’s support, Peace Regional Outreach Campus and Daycare (PROC) is providing early learning opportunities for children ages 0-3 years attending the school’s daycare program and parenting courses for students. PROC was chosen as the Smile Cookie Campaign recipient for the next three years and raised $3637.00 in the first year (2014). The funds from the campaign will assist in providing training opportunities to benefit both Outreach students and children attending the school’s daycare facility.

“We want to offer our daycare kids a flagship program that will give them a head start before they start kindergarten” says PROC Principal Carol Van Slyke. “If the daycare staff is trained in programs such as the Circle of Security, the kids will benefit from the parents increased parenting skills. The daycare does not have funding to cover all the costs associated with the planned enhancements to the daycare program, so the Smile Cookie Campaign will really make a difference.”

Van Slyke says the funds are already being put to use.

“Training opportunities related to early learning, nutrition and parenting are already underway in partnership with Peace River Parent Link and Alberta Health Services” says Van Slyke. “We are very grateful for the support of Tim Hortons. Their contributions make a difference in the lives of our young families at Peace Regional Outreach Campus and allows us to enhance our programming in a long-lasting and meaningful way.”

Last month, Tim Hortons Manager J.P Velasco and Supervisor Mike Enciso presented PROC with the $3637.00 cheque at the school’s annual Christmas Turkey Dinner.  Velasco noted the support of the community especially as the store was under renovations during the campaign.

“Given that we were operating out of a trailer due to renovations during the time of the campaign, we are amazed at how much was raised” says Velasco.  “Customers showed overwhelming support for the Outreach Campus and this shows how important the school is to the community.”

PROC provides an alternative high school setting for students who have chosen to access the many supports that the outreach campus provides. In addition to a learning environment, the school provides assistance with childcare, transportation, educational planning, basic food and housing needs and social and cultural support for aboriginal students.