Shania Twain Opens Shania Kids Can Clubhouse in Ontario
By Gayle Thompson
Shania Twain might be focusing on an upcoming new album and tour, but that’s not the only thing that’s taking up her time. The singer, who recently wrapped her residency in Las Vegas, has launched a new Shania Kids Can Clubhouse in her native Ontario, Canada.
The program, which is being opened by her own Shania Kids Can Charity Foundation, along with the Dilawri Foundation and the Peel District School Board, will provide $100,000 a year for four years to the Sir Winston Churchill Public School in Brampton, Ontario, for enrichment programs for at-risk students.
“I used to feel insecure and inadequate because I wasn’t prepared for the school day — maybe I didn’t have money to participate in a field trip, or sometimes I didn’t have the right clothing — so I’d love to eliminate that experience for any child,” the songstress explains to Toronto’s Star.
“I did not look forward to primary school, maybe because I sometimes was wearing rubber boots in winter and I was cold, or my mother didn’t have enough money for groceries and I didn’t have lunch — I was often hungry all day,” she adds.
As part of the program, children will receive free tutoring, healthy snacks, recreational programs and life skills coaching.
Twain shared the good news in person with 20 students on Sept. 19. The school has faced numerous tragedies in recent years, including a student dying in a house fire and a 9-year-old dying from a stray gunshot while sitting in his home.
“With what our school community has experienced in the last couple of years, this visit today is more than a great … it is also a fresh start for us,” Principal Kristin Bergen says. “[It's] a boost of morale and a sense of momentum as we move into a new school year.”
Shania Kids Can Clubhouses are also open or will soon open elsewhere across Canada and in Las Vegas. For more information, including donation information, click here.