Introducing the Mariam Rakka Inclusive Education Fund!

Rob Rakka

Rob is at it again! Hair is soon to be gone gone gone!

Rob Rakka will once again be shaving off all of his beautiful hair in a fundraiser at Signal Hill Barber Shop to support Calgary kids. This time the Rakka family is teaming up with EducationMatters to start a brand new fund, named after daughter Mariam, with the goal of creating inclusive CBE classrooms for all children with learning and physical challenges.

The first mission is to support the Learning and Literacy program at Mariam’s school, Earl Grey School.

What is the Learning & Literacy (L&L) program?

The Learning and Literacy class is for students identified with learning disabilities and is offered to students in Grades 4-9. The goal of an L&L class is to assist each student in gaining skills, knowledge, and competencies so they can reach their individual academic, social, and emotional potential. Teaching in this class is done in a blended classroom model with an emphasis on developing reading and writing skills.

Our Inspiration

Mariam Rakka

Mariam is a fun-loving, wildly imaginative,  friendly, kind, and energetic 10-year-old in grade five attending the Learning and Literacy (L&L) program at Earl Grey School. Along with Cerebral Palsy, Mariam has learning challenges. Earl Grey School has provided an excellent inclusive learning environment for Mariam, and she would like to support the school by raising money to help support the L&L program. Mariam’s family hopes to grow the fund to include access to all CBE schools to make inclusive learning more accessible to all children, especially those vulnerable to psychosocial impacts. Each year CBE schools will have an opportunity to work with Mariam to seek out the best ways to help her fellow schoolmates with learning challenges and improve learning outcomes in Inclusive Education.

Our Goal

Our goal for 2022/2023 is to raise $30,000. A portion of those funds will be used right away to help students at Earl Grey School, with the remainder of funds raised endowed so that generations of CBE students will be able to enjoy the gift of inclusive education. As well, anything raised over $30,000 this first year will go towards Earl Grey School to help build an inclusive playground.


Please provide your contact and payment information below. Your contact details are required to generate an electronic tax receipt, which will be sent to the email address that you provide. EducationMatters is a charitable registration #898887005RR0001. Tax receipts will be provided for donations greater than $20.