The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

April 18, 2005 09:30 ET

Media Advisory - Children First to present new awards for promoting educational freedom in Ontario and provide grants for 600 lower-income children

TORONTO, April 18 - On Wednesday, April 20 in Toronto, Children
First: School Choice Trust will award tuition assistance grants to 250 new
students and 350 returning students. The inaugural Children First School
Choice Awards for outstanding community contributions in promoting educational
freedom will also be presented for the first time this year.
Children First: School Choice Trust offers grants worth 50 percent of
tuition at any independent elementary school in Ontario, to a maximum of
$3500, to children whose family's household income is less than twice the
poverty line. This is the only program of its kind in Canada.
Miriam Burnett, Chairman of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, will
present the tuition assistance grants and the new School Choice awards.
Claudia Hepburn, director of education policy at The Fraser Institute and the
founder of Children First, along with families receiving grants, and members
of the independent school community will be available for interviews following
the event.

News Conference & Awards Event
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DATE: Wednesday, April 20

SCHEDULE: 11:00 am Opening Remarks
11:20 am Awarding of School Choice Prizes, Q & A
11:30 am Awarding of Grants and Celebration Cake
12:00 pm Adjournment

LOCATION: 89 Chestnut (formerly the Colony Hotel), Terrace Room
89 Chestnut Street, Toronto


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Launched in January 2003, Children First: School Choice Trust is a
program of The Fraser Institute with initial financial support provided by
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Complete program details are available at
www.childrenfirstgrants.ca.

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