Initiatives - Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation

Initiatives tailored to the needs of our students

A community is at its best when it invests in itself. We work with organizations and individuals raising funds to benefit our children and elevate our community.

Parents wanting more information about these programs should reach out to their child’s teacher or principal as participation is determined at the school level.

Over 5,150 families have received Cheer Crates since May 2020!

Healthy Active Schools

Cheer Crates

With the closure of schools due to COVID-19, many of our students and families lost access to support, materials and supplies they count on throughout the school year. Our Cheer Crates were developed to provide essential support to families in need as well as cheer and excitement for children missing the day to day activities at school.

The Cheer Crate initiative continues to support families twice a year.

Students average half a year of reading growth over a 7 week one-to-one tutoring program


Early Learner Tutor Program

Since 2013, SPSF has paired struggling readers in Grades 1 to 3 with experienced tutors to help them progress toward grade level reading, with improved confidence and skills.

“A child who can’t read at grade level by 3rd grade is four times less likely to graduate than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix, and a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer.”

– American Educational Research Association

337 students explored literacy, movement, engagement, and well-being activities in August 2022


Camp Brain Power

New for 2022 is Camp Brain Power, focusing on literacy, physical literacy/movement, engagement and well-being for students in Grades 1 to 3.

Over 80,000 breakfasts, lunches and snacks are being served monthly in 20 Saskatoon Public Schools

Healthy Active Schools

Nutrien Food4Thought & SaskMilk program

Our school-based nutrition program helps ensure students are well-nourished, ready to learn and poised for academic success. In partnership with Nutrien and SaskMilk, we are able to provide funding for schools to purchase nutritious food and offset the costs for school nutrition workers.

8 years of STEAM project-based learning at Bedford Road Collegiate


Cameco Centre of Excellence

In 2014, with the help of Cameco, Saskatchewan opened its first Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Bedford Road Collegiate. Programming focusses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) project-based learning, with an emphasis on problem solving, creative design and teamwork. The goal of the program is to encourage students to investigate and pursue careers in Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology.

The on-site facility at Brightwater allows for programming throughout the school year, enabling students and their teachers to make meaningful connections to the land.


Nutrien Eco-Science and Indigenous Learning Centre

In April 2013 the Nutrien Eco-Science and Indigenous Learning Centre opened its doors to Saskatoon Public Schools students.

Brightwater and the First Nation, Inuit and Métis Education Unit work together to provide middle years and high school teachers with curriculum-driven, out-of-school programming. The establishment of the learning centre provided a positive impact on the student experience. No matter the season or weather conditions, the learning centre allows students to experience native prairie throughout the school year.

Learn about other important work we’re doing!