Government of Yukon

April 27, 2017

Every Student, Every Day Fund awards $50,000 to help improve student attendance

Fifteen community-based projects will receive funding for the next school year through the Every Student, Every Day fund for projects to help increase student attendance throughout Yukon.

A total of $50,000 will be distributed across 15 projects led by Yukon schools, Yukon First Nations, Gadzoosdaa Residence and the Teen Parent Centre.

Every Student, Every Day is led by the Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society, a registered charity. The Government of Yukon administers the fund on behalf of the Society and matches up to $25,000 per year raised by the society for this fund.

A committee of members from the society, the government and the Association of Yukon School Councils, Boards and Committees reviewed the project submissions and selected the successful projects.


“The regular attendance encouraged by these projects is a critical predictor of student success. When students attend school regularly they become part of that school community. They become part of a team, engrossed in learning and social activities that will help them succeed.”

–Tracy-Anne McPhee, Minister of Education

“Every Student, Every Day is now in its fifth year. Awareness of the fund and of our society’s volunteer efforts to support increased student attendance throughout the territory has flourished. We are very pleased with the number and quality of the proposals we received this year and are grateful to partner with the Yukon government, and with our private sector champions, to help support Yukon students’ success in school and as a result, in life.”

–Tara Christie, President, Victoria Gold Yukon Student Encouragement Society

Quick facts

  • Students who miss 20 days of school each year beginning in Kindergarten miss the equivalent of a full school year (based on 180 days) by the end of Grade 8. 
  • Students with good attendance in the early years are much more likely to graduate from high school. 
  • The successful projects were selected from 24 proposals and will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. 
  • Every Student, Every Day has raised and distributed over $235,000 to benefit 50 grassroots student attendance projects since it was established in the fall of 2012.

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Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

Michele Royle
Communications, Education

Amanda Leslie
Mosaic Communications for Every Student, Every Day



Every Student, Every Day student attendance funding for the 2017/18 school year





Christ the King
Elementary School, Whitehorse

Hardware and software to enable 360° virtual reality field trips, a high-interest, curriculum-related activity aimed at improving engagement and attendance


Elijah Smith Elementary School, Whitehorse

Promote Engagement and Reward so Kids Succeed (PERKS) attendance program, involving community and parents


Elijah Smith Elementary School, Whitehorse

Equipment, supplies and instruction for an early morning open school program with sports and other healthy activities


Gadzoosdaa Student Residence, Whitehorse

Gadzoosdaa Weekly Attendance Incentive targeting students living and attending high school outside their home communities


Individual Learning Centre, Whitehorse

Academic camps: Accommodation and camp to conduct intensive offsite schoolwork


Individual Learning Centre, Whitehorse

Land-based camps to reconnect students with land-based activities and First Nation cultural activities


Individual Learning Centre, Whitehorse

Food for Life: Purchase food for one week of spring break for students to plan, prepare and deliver a meal while earning school credits, developing work skills and learning healthy habits


J.V. Clark School and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, Mayo

To provide foods to expand the meal program to include morning snacks plus hot lunches for students


Jack Hulland Elementary School and School Council, Whitehorse

Enhance the Character Education program by providing monthly attendance incentives and recognition for students who attend regularly, are on time and ready to learn, delivered during the monthly assemblies


Johnson Elementary School, Watson Lake

Support for a makerspace that will enhance attendance through engaging relationships and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) activities


Kwanlin Dün First Nation

Rewards to recognize their citizens’ exceptional attendance


Ta’an Kwäch’än Council

Steps to Success: an incentive program for their citizens to recognize regular attendance


Teen Parent Centre

Family oriented attendance incentive program to increase attendance rates and higher academic success at the Centre


Teen Parent Centre

Family engagement through community involvement: connect staff and students and their families through a positive enjoyable outing


Teslin School and Teslin Tlingit Council

Support for increased parent engagement to promote student attendance at school with supplies, food and sport, music and cultural events that involve parents




Total: $49,995

News Release #17-082