Over the past ten 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. This year, Ranch Ehrlo received $22,000 to help encourage students to stay and succeed in the classroom.

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 extra curricular activities, and having overcome a particularly challenging experience.

“Many of the 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 award is extra motivation for the youth to exceed their goals, to be involved in school sports and activities, as well as move forward in their education plan.”

She added, “The students love receiving this award! They talk about it often in class.”

Last year 214 kids received the Stay in School Award. The award is also intended to encourage students to complete their high school education. Grade 12 graduates receive an additional $300 grant.

“On behalf of all the students who have received awards in the last ten years, 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.