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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Peninsula Shores Students Facing a Poverty Crisis

Wiarton | by John Divinski  

A Councillor believes poverty affects over half of 500 student population

Some disheartening news has come from two members of South Bruce Peninsula council about issues facing many students at Peninsula Shores District School in Wiarton.

Mayor Janice Jackson and Councillor Terry Bell visited the school recently to talk to the principal and some staff.

In exclusive interviews with Bayshore Broadcasting News, Bell, a former Bluewater District School Board trustee, believes poverty affects over half of 500 student population.

He says as a trustee he was told 52% of the students lived at or below the poverty line and it hasn't improved.

Bluewater Director of Education Alana Murray says she doesn't have the exact figures, but Wiarton, along with Dundalk are two communities that are identified from a demographic perspective of having lower income levels.

Bell says faculty members told him, some kids in Wiarton don't even have a home and are "couch surfing," while trying to go to school.

He says many of the students don't have enough food to eat or warm clothes to wear.

Both Mayor Jackson and Councillor Bell indicated that the town would do everything they could to help the school and the students in need.

The issue was not on the council agenda but came up when councillors were providing general announcements about events that had been going on since the last meeting.

Peninsula Shores District School is a JK to Grade 12 facility.

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