EDMONTON – United Way of the Alberta Capital Region is proud to announce that 21 local schools will be given Dentons Make Your Mark on Poverty project grants for the 2018-2019 school year.

Schools applied for grants of up to $1,000 each to support a student project designed to raise awareness and take action against the #UNIGNORABLE issue of local poverty. 

“This program allows students to learn about what poverty looks like for our friends, neighbours, and fellow students,” said Sarah Chan, 2018 United Way Campaign Co-Chair and Chair of United Way’s Youth Initiative. “We want to activate students as leaders for the entire community to rally together and lift others out of poverty, creating an uplifting place for all.”

The program was first run in 2016-2017 school year as a celebration of the 75th anniversary for United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. The next three years of grants will be made possible thanks to the generous support of title sponsor Dentons. 

“Dentons is pleased to support United Way of the Alberta Capital Region as we work towards ending poverty in Edmonton,” said Fausto Franceschi, Managing Partner of Dentons’ Edmonton office. “This educational initiative is designed to not only teach our children the significance of giving back, but also empower, inspire and encourage the next generation of philanthropic leaders in our community. Helping those less fortunate is an important lesson for their development, and for the betterment of society as a whole”.

The successful schools come from Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton Catholic School District, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, St. Albert Public Schools, Sturgeon Public School Division, Elk Island Public Schools, and Black Gold Regional Schools.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 students will learn about poverty in their communities and develop projects designed to make a difference. Projects include a student breakfast club, collections of warm clothing to donate to youth in need, a program to cut down on food waste, construction of a tower of non-perishable items for the food bank, and a street art project to highlight the challenges of homelessness.

Imperial Oil is also on board as a sponsor for the celebration of student success which will be held on April 29, 2019.


Approved Projects:

Abbott Elementary School (Kindergarten - Grade 6) – Telling Tales

Bellerose Composite High School (Grades 10-12) – Drive for St. Albert Youth in Need

Britannia School (Grade 8) – Help Yourself Off the Shelf

Ecole Secondaire St Marguerite D'Youville (Grades 7-12) – Putting a Face to Poverty

George P Nicholson School (Grades 1-6) – Christmas Wishes

Hillview School (Kindergarten-Grade 6) – The Kindness Project

Jan Reimer School (Grade 3) – Supporting Women’s Shelters

Keenooshayo Elementary School (Grades 4-6) – The PEACE Poverty Project

M. E. LaZerte High School (Grades 10-12) – Breakfast Club

Next Step High School (Grades 10-12) – Poverty Awareness with Skateboards

Ochre Park School (Grade 3) – 10 Days of Giving

Parkview School (Grades 7-9) – Youth Helping Youth

Paul Kane High School (Grades 10-12) – Sock and Mitt Drive

Redwater School (Grades 5-12) – Grow and Extra Row

Rio Terrace School (Grades 5-6) – Brown Bags of Hope

Roberta McAdams School (Grades 1 and 3) – A Pack and a Promise

SouthPointe School (Grades 3-4) – Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

St. Elizabeth Seton School (Kindergarten to Grade 9) – St. Elizabeth Seton Helps the Community

St. Francis of Assisi School (Grades 4-5) – Help the Homeless

Westlawn School (Grades 7-9) – Westlawn Helping Hands

Willow Park School (Kindergarten) – Kinder Care Packages


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About United Way of the Alberta Capital Region: United Way brings community members together to create pathways out of poverty for children, families and individuals struggling in the greater Edmonton area. For information on the organization’s efforts, partnerships and programs supported, please visit