Donor to subsidize milk program cut by school division

Donor to subsidize milk program cut by school division

 

Winnipeg Free Press

Posted: 4:00 AM CDT Saturday, Mar. 20, 2021

A city philanthropist will serve up a $210,000 donation to restore a milk-subsidy program drained from Winnipeg School Division’s budget this month.

“The cut demonstrates a total disregard for the division’s most vulnerable students,” Walter Schroeder said in a news release Friday. “Instead of making cuts from the top, the division has chosen to cut a program that directly affects the well-being of children and youth.”

The $210,000 donation from the Schroeder Foundation will restore the subsidy program, which provides 650-ml cartons of milk to elementary and junior high students for 25 cents. The subsidy was eliminated on March 9 when the division announced its 2021-22 budget.

Schroeder, who grew up in Winnipeg and attended Dufferin School, said the issue of food security in the city’s poorest neighbourhoods is close to his heart, and he recalled school milk deliveries where students would pay a nickel for a pint of milk.

“I remember the clink of glass bottles, the deliveries from the milkman, the importance of fresh milk to growing kids. My mother would give me a nickel to pay for the milk, but I could see not everyone received some,” he said.

“There were families even poorer than ours. The truth is, you can’t learn if you’re hungry. Subsidies like these go a long way in supplementing a child’s diet and helping families who want the best for their kids.”

Schroeder founded the Dominion Bond Rating Service, then sold the company in 2014, allowing him to focus on philanthropy.

His charitable foundation funds a wide variety of initiatives in Winnipeg, and throughout Canada, aimed at providing nutritious food for families and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

It operates a food bank at St. John’s High School in the North End, which typically delivers 100 food hampers to the families of students in need, a number that soared to 170 in the early days of the pandemic.

At St. John’s, the foundation has not only funded the food bank — buying groceries from Downtown Family Foods — but provided bursaries, scholarships and a state-of-the-art cafeteria that provides free breakfasts and nutritious lunches that cost a maximum of $2.50.

It currently provides more than 700 scholarships and bursaries, as well as equipment and other supports to students at three Winnipeg high schools, with donations totaling more than $3 million annually.

The news release said Schroeder became aware of food insecurity at St. John’s during a visit in 2018 when he saw teachers buying granola bars and apples out of their own pocket for hungry students.

“He decided to buy these items for students through the foundation and, throughout the years, has taken this offer much further,” it said, noting the foundation will provide 40 full, four-year scholarships for high school students to the University of Manitoba and 40 to Red River College this year.

15 Sisler students surprised with full scholarships to Vancouver Film School

15 Sisler students surprised with full scholarships to Vancouver Film School

 

CBC News

February 23, 2021

Article by: Darren Bernhardt

Philanthropist Walter Schroeder is at it again, opening his wallet to help 15 inner-city Winnipeg students head to the to Vancouver Film School on full-ride scholarships.

“No way,” was blurted out by more than a few of the students, from Sisler High School’s CREATE post-grad program, when the surprise announcement was made during a live-streamed video conference on Tuesday.

 

Noah Curoe’s cybersecurity skills have earned him a full scholarship to the University of Manitoba for Computer Science.

Noah Curoe’s cybersecurity skills have earned him a full scholarship to the University of Manitoba for Computer Science.

 

Winnipeg School Division

July 21, 2020

The Sisler High School graduate received the scholarship from the Walter and Maria Schroeder Foundation. In June, Curoe and his Sisler cybersecurity teammates secured a win at CyberTitan III, Canada’s largest cyber defence competition.

“It feels good,” said Curoe of the scholarship. “For years I’ve been thinking about how we’re going to cover my tuition, so to find out it’s all going to be covered is just amazing. It’s life-changing.”

 

North End Winnipeg High School Builds Brand New Cafeteria and Affordable Meal Program

In early 2018, the Walter & Maria Schroeder Foundation pledged $10 million dollars to three underprivileged high schools located in Winnipeg. St. John’s High School, one of the schools to receive the grant, has students who live in a largely single-parent household community where the median income is $40,000. A major issue for students in this community is access to a sustainable and healthy food program.

This year, with the help of the Walter & Maria Schroeder Foundation, St. John’s High School unveiled its brand new Tiger Cafe, an affordable lunch and breakfast program for students. Tiger Cafe offers a communal environment where students can enjoy delicious meals prepared by the school’s new cafeteria. From pancakes and eggs to lemon chicken and lasagna, these meals are prepared in a transformed cafeteria with state-of-the-art cooking and kitchen appliances.

The new affordable lunch program offers students free breakfast and $2.50 lunches –  every day of the week for the entire school year. Meals are prepared fresh and emphasize the nutritional needs a busy high school student deserves. The program is a success drawing excited reviews from students who now look forward to eating their school breakfast and lunch with their peers.

The principal of St John’s, Doug Taylor, says the positive effect of the Tiger Cafe is “a game-changer… [The lunch program] is making a difference. Students are staying here, students are eating.”

The program which is estimated to cost $400,000 a year is fully covered by the grant received from the Walter & Maria Schroeder Foundation.

SSEEF grant & Schroeder donation of $710K in technology enhances our talented #TechnoCreative students future!

SSEEF grant & Schroeder donation of $710K in technology enhances our talented #TechnoCreative students future!

 

2019 has been a year we will never forget. Two major Investments will significantly improve our infrastructure and how we deliver our programming.

Since January 2019, Sisler’s Techno-Creative programming (Animation, Film, Graphics, and IDM) received the Manitoba Skills Strategy Equipment Enhancement Fund Grant of $210,000 and a game-changing donation of $500,000 from the Walter and Maria Schroeder Foundation. We are looking forward to seeing our super creative students using this new technology. In Addition, Walter and Maria Schroeder Foundation provided another $100,000 for Sisler students taking Cyber-Security.

Thank you to all those fantastic people who helped make this happen. Thank you to Walter and Maria Schroeder, your generosity will never be forgotten. Big shout out to our admin team, the Winnipeg School Division, our teaching staff, the countless industry mentors, educational partners, our amazing alumni and most important our super creative and driven students.