The Noelle's Gift foundation will donate a total of $25,000 to the St. Clair Catholic and Lambton Kent district school boards to support students and families in need for the 2017-2018 school year.
"The Noelle’s Gift charity does so much to help children who are in need, not only in our schools, but right across the communities of Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent," says Dan Parr, Director of Education for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board. "We are grateful each year for the generous donation from Noelle’s Gift, and for the fitting way in which it honours the life of Noelle Paquette," says Mr. Parr.
"We appreciate the generous contributions of the family of Noelle Paquette and Noelle’s Gift to support our students and families in need," says Jim Costello, Director of Education for the Lambton Kent District School Board. "This donation will enhance supports for students and promote student success and wellbeing."
The $25,000 donation from the Noelle's Gift charitable fund is shared among the two school boards to support students and their families who are in need. The money is used to purchase eyeglasses, clothing, food, medicine and medical equipment – anything that is needed to help children and families in crisis. The funds are dispersed independently through the two school boards. Principals make application whenever a child is in need. Requests are processed quickly, to get help to families as soon as possible.
The Noelle’s Gift charitable fund was established in memory of Noelle Paquette, a former Kindergarten teacher with St. Clair Catholic, who passed away in January 2013.
In the photo above are (L-R) Jim Costello, Director of Education, Lambton Kent District School Board; Sue Serratore and Lynn Paquette, Noelle's Gift; and Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair Catholic District School Board.