Over the years, hundreds of Ranch youth have received the Stay in School Award in recognition of their educational achievements.

The award is an annual grant received from the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada through the Scotiabank Stay in School Program. The program, introduce to Ranch students in 2008, was established to recognize students who are doing exceptionally well in school given their difficult personal circumstances.

Ranch students are eligible for the award each semester. Students are reviewed and nominated by criteria including overcoming significant academic challenges; demonstrating academic excellence, participating in extracurricular activities, and having overcome a particularly challenging experience.

“The majority of youth who come to the Ranch have experienced difficulties in school. The fact that they are attending every day and that they are working towards their goal is very impressive,” explained Corinna Hayden-Fidler, vice-president of education at Ranch Ehrlo. “This is extra motivation for the students to work towards their goals, take part in school activities, as well as move forward in their education plan.”

Last semester 75 students received the Stay in School Award which varies in range from $50 to $150 depending on the individual personal and academic circumstances. The award is also intended to encourage students to complete their high school education.

“We are very appreciative of the support provided by the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to provide the students with this additional incentive to do well in school,” Corinna finished.