Help­ing kids at­tend KES

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the wealthy peo­ple of Lon­don, who must do some­thing about all of the street kids of Lon­don. He founded this school for kids who had nowhere to live. I found my­self there in 1938, but of course by then it has evolved quite a bit. It was an in­cred­i­ble place. I was there all through the war. A friend of my par­ents re­al­ized I had to be ed­u­cated and spon­sored me. It saved my life. Any­thing might have hap­pened to me if I hadn’t had a de­cent ed­u­ca­tion. I was clothed and fed, be­cause there was no money to look af­ter me. This school pro­vided all of our clothes, right down to our night­gown. We had a mod­ern uni­form, tu­nics and blouses. The boys wore or­ange stock­ings and lit­tle white cra­vats at their necks. Mind you, it wasn’t a ritzy place, but they ed­u­cated us and looked af­ter us. Most of the chil­dren there came from poor homes, but had got there by schol­ar­ship or spon­sor­ship.”

For more of Rene’s story, go to hantsjour­nal.ca, where Faces Fri­day ap­pears ev­ery week in the com­mu­nity sec­tion.

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