Enhanced Learning Initatives

Ways for supporting students

"Students who previously were unable to participate in music have found the confidence to focus and thrive in class ... I've noticed a change in the social skills of some students ... they're able to be leaders in music class."

District Initiative Grant

Each year, Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation provides District Initiative Grants (DIG), to Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools for projects that focus on students and meet NLSF's three criteria: 'Student Leadership', 'Community Development' and 'Social Responsibility'. Preference is given to projects that include participation of vulnerable students. Grants are a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000. Since 2013, NLSF has granted $66,100 for 16 special projects. Grants are made possible through a bequest from the late Joseph T.A. Lee.

Enhanced Learning Grant

Enhanced Learning Grant, established by SD68 Trustees who are personally contributing to it, is intended to enhance the learning environment for District teachers and students by enabling them to obtain supplies or conduct special learning projects that they might not be able to afford otherwise.

Stock the Lockers

The Stock the Lockers initiative runs for two weeks in the summer, before school start-up in September. Money is raised to purchase school supplies, food, or other needs such as clothing, shoes, glasses, grad fees and more.

Music Program

Our generous donors help purchase musical instruments when district budgets are extremely tight. Donors like you are giving vulnerable students the joy of playing music, and you are giving elementary teachers the tools to make a difference. Since 2009, NLSF has distributed $36,500 for instruments at 16 elementary schools to introduce students to the joy of playing music

Y.E.S.2Know Youth Summits

Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation partners with RCMP Strategic Partnership Services to offer the ‘Y.E.S.2Know’ Youth Summits to give local students tools to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices to help them become strong young citizens. In 2016- 2017, the program was offered at Dover Bay, Wellington, Cedar, Ladysmith, Nanaimo District and John Barsby Secondary Schools. More than 1,500 students attended the full day of engaging content