Shania Twain launches a program to help struggling school children in Canada and the United States

Shania Twain had a difficult childhood and she’s starting a crusade so no child gets left behind.

On Monday (July 7), Shania launched her charitable organization, Shania Kids Can (SKC), which will offer aid to children who struggle in poor families that may not require social services to intervene.

The 48-year-old singer has previously talked about going without food and clean clothes as a child, often taking to forging doctor notes to avoid going to school embarrassed. Shania's hope is to ensure that what happened to her doesn’t happen to anyone else.

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The children chosen to participate in the program will gain access to a clubhouse where they will receive food and academic assistance.

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Of the program’s targeted audience, Shania tells The Calgary Herald, I do know what it is to be in their shoes.”

The “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” singer added, “When I was a kid, I didn’t look forward to school. It was a place where I was humiliated. I was often very uncomfortable to be at school – if I’d gone to school without a lunch, or why I didn’t have clean clothes.”

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The charity already supports 300 children in Canada and the United States, thanks in part to support from Calgary’s Board of Education and the Dilawri Foundation.

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In the months to come, the program will launch in Toronto, Regina and Vancouver, and schools looking to participate within these regions can apply to receive a $100,000 budget for supplies, equipment and salaries.

Shania will perform tonight in Calgary at the Saddledome for the Calgary Stampede.

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