Community Matters awards

The accolade is given to community partners recognized as significant contributors to the lives of Abbotsford students

The Abbotsford Board of Education has announced that the Abbotsford Rotary Club, Abbotsford Food Bank and the Kiwanis Clubs of Abbotsford and Clearbrook are recipients of the city’s inaugural Community Matters Award.

The accolade is given to community partners recognized as significant contributors to the lives of Abbotsford students.

The Rotary Club and Food Bank were jointly recognized for their work on the Starfish backpack program, which provides meals and snacks to over 260 students across 22 schools in the Abbotsford school district.

The local initiative is comprised of more than 40 sponsors and nearly 100 community volunteers.

The Kiwanis clubs were recognized for their work in literacy development and leadership.

Key Clubs, Builders Clubs, Terrific Kids, Book Buddies and Reading Around the World are all programs that the Kiwanis clubs provide toward literacy support and mentorship for students in select elementary, middle and secondary schools around the district.

Education board chair Cindy Schafer said, “Community involvement in the Abbotsford School District has been a long and valued tradition. Numerous organizations, such as this year’s recipients, contribute resources and countless hours of volunteer service to enable our students to achieve success in school.”