Barbara Kolbus well remembers the day Shania Twain came to Hjorth Road Elementary and began to help students cope with the struggles of life.

“She was very gracious,” recalled Kolbus, the school’s principal, “and the thing I loved the most was when she was talking, she looked at the kids as much as the grownups. The kids wanted to ask questions, and she answered them first. I like how she honoured them and included them in the day, and it was a great way to set the tone about what this program is all about.”

Twain, the Canadian country-pop star, made a top-secret stop at the Guildford-area school in June 2015 for a press event to announce funding from her Shania Kids Can Foundation for a “clubhouse” program at the school.

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