Regent Park families get some help easing back-to-school burdens amid pandemic

Like many parents, Chantel Hamilton is worried about sending her kids back to school amid a resurgence of COVID-19 infections in Toronto.

And like many residents of the Regent Park community, the 34-year-old mother of four is adding those concerns to others, including recent tragedy that shook her family.

For people here, the virus threatens health, employment, food security and more. Data shows racialized and lower-income groups are already suffering disproportionately due to long-standing inequities related to poverty and racism.

“I’m not totally comfortable with sending my oldest two to school but they’ve been home since March and I trust they’ll follow all the procedures and wear their masks, which is life as we know it now,” Hamilton says.

For her and others lined up Saturday in warm sunshine outside a Dundas Street East building, the tension eased a bit thanks to some homegrown help to lighten the back-to-school load.

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