BLAST is an afterschool program at Bridgeview Elementary school here in Surrey, BC. The program provides inspiring and enriching after school activities to identified vulnerable and low-income students who would otherwise be unable to access similar structured extracurricular activities. This invaluable program increases their self-confidence, builds unique and interesting skills and allows students to connect to various new activities and experiences with their peers while reconnecting to the school and learning.
Last year at BLAST, they had another successful year of programming with 30 students registered and this year they have 42 students registered! Raven Supply strongly believes every child should have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities and that is why we are happy to support the BLAST program!
An outreach worker at BLAST said “One student in our BLAST program has struggled with her self confidence over the past couple of years. She is quite shy and doesn’t have many friends, so she is usually by herself. BLAST allows her to be in and out of the classroom learning environment – here she can try new things while interacting with her peers. When we do group work in BLAST the other students are very good at accepting and helping her. She loves being in BLAST and it is so good to see her smile every time she comes.”
The staff and students at Bridgeview Elementary sent a heart warming thank you letter where we got to see just how impactful our donation was: “Staff and students at Bridgeview want to thank Raven Supply for their continued support of BLAST! Your donation allows us to continue running this amazing program that has become deeply embedded into our school culture. We are able to provide opportunities to our most at-risk students who deserve to feel included. Low socio-economic statistics mean children here are vulnerable and have few opportunities for extracurricular program participation, and often spend time at home alone. Families often struggle to provide life sustaining basics (food, shelter and clothing) for their children. Understandably, registering in and transporting their children back and forth to sport, recreation and community programs falls down the priority list and consequently children miss out on their important benefits. Thanks to the generosity of Raven Supply we have been able to give these children a new hope for the future, breaking through barriers and empowering students through after school programming.”
Raven Supply is thrilled to see the impact the BLAST program has on the students and we hope to be apart of the program for many years to come!