Both Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) and Fort McMurray Catholic School District (FMCSD) can replace tools damaged in the 2016 wildfire thanks to the Lions of Alberta Foundation (LOAF).
The foundation announced over $80,000 in funding to be allocated to the school districts to help replace laptops and robots that were damaged through the heat and smoke of the fire.
President of LOAF Fred Walters said The Allocations Committee saw the immediate need for the items.
“The way technology runs now you might as well start getting the school children involved at early ages.”
Walters said the first round of funding allocations will also give $50,000 to Stepping Stones Youth Shelter.
He said the shelter had to increase staffing and housing needs because of a significant increase in youth in need after the wildfire.
Applications for the second round of funding can be made until April 1.
The criteria for funding are:
- Loss caused by or related to the 2016 Horse River Wildfire
- Organization must not be a Government agency
- Other funders have not met the total funding requirements
- Requests must be to the benefit of the whole community (no funding for individuals)
Lions of Alberta Foundation requests that all requests be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.