Queen Alexandra Elementary recently opened the Wishing Tree, a "free store" stacked with canned goods and preserves available to Queen Alexandra's more vulnerable families. The new store is supported by the Vancouver District Labour Council (VDLC).
The VDLC, school staff, students and community members gathered on Tuesday, December 13 to celebrate the grand opening of the Wishing Tree and to enjoy cake, juice and other appetizers in the school library.
"We are very pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with Queen Alexandra School, which first began in 1990," says Joey Hartman, the President of the VDLC.
The VDLC began its work with Queen Alexandra Elementary under their "Partners in Education" initiative. At first the VDLC supported the school by arranging busses for field trips and picnics and later supported the school's breakfast program by raising money at an annual VDLC Robbie Burns dinner. At its height this dinner would raise roughly $10,000 for the school.
The Wishing Tree store is newest incarnation of an ongoing commitment the VDLC has made to helping the school. It can be accessed through a door decorated by a gorgeous tree mural.
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