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  • August 30, 2016

Scarborough-Guildwood Receives Grants to Support Parents

Parent Engagement Leads to Student Achievement

August 30, 2016 - Ontario is supporting parents in Scarborough-Guildwood with Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants to 32 local school councils, totalling $31,978 in approved funding.

These grants support local school councils, Parent Involvement Committees and not-for-profit organizations working with parents. This funding drives local solutions that help parents overcome barriers to getting more involved in their children’s learning.

Local projects in Scarborough-Guildwood include:

  1. Comment aider son enfant à sortir de l’anxiété? organized by École élémentaire Académie Alexandre-Dumas (CS Viamonde), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  2. Release the East: Community Network Event organized by St John Paul II Catholic SS (Toronto CDSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  3. Family Health and Fitness Night organized by St Malachy CS (Toronto CDSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  4. Family Math Nights organized by St Martin De Porres CS (Toronto CDSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  5. Family Math Night organized by St Ursula CS (Toronto CDSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  6. Putting the Wow Back Into Mathematics organized by Ben Heppner Vocal Music Academy (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  7. Empowering Families Workshops Series by Bliss Carman Sr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  8. Empowering Families organized by Cedar Drive Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  9. Supporting Students and Families organized by Cedarbrook PS, which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  10. Parents in Partnership organized by Churchill Heights PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  11. STEM Workshops for Parents organized by Cornell Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  12. One School, One Community organized by Elizabeth Simcoe Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding. 
  13. Fitness for Healthy Living organized by Galloway Road PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding. 
  14. Community Health and Welness organized by George B Little PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  15. Empowering Parents to Teaching Math at Home organized by George P Mackie Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $980 in approved funding.
  16. Empowering Families organized by Guildwood Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  17. Math Project Night organized by Heather Heights Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  18. Mental Health and Well-Being Event organized by Jack Miner Sr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  19. Social Media Fitness organized by Joseph Brant Sr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  20. Parent Engagement Workshops organized by Maplewood HS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  21. Empowering the Modern Family Workshops Series organized by Mason Road Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  22. Healthy Minds for Healthy Lives organized by Military Trail PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  23. Developing Awareness of Stress in Children organized by Poplar Road Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $998 in approved funding.
  24. Parent Engagement Workshops organized by Scarborough Village PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding. 
  25. Parent Information Resource organized by Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  26. Social Media Habits Workshops organized by St Margaret's PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  27. Happiness, Health, and Success Series organized by Tecumseh Sr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  28. Engaging Parents organized by West Hill CI (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  29. Wellness Workshop for Parents organized by West Hill PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  30. Science Curriculum Night organized by William G Miller Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  31. Creating the Empowered Family organized by William Tredway Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.
  32. Connecting Parents Through Technology organized by Willow Park Jr PS (Toronto DSB), which received $1,000 in approved funding.

This year’s PRO Grants are supporting a diverse range of projects, such as:

  • Parent support for their children’s mathematics learning
  • Parent resources on mental health and well-being
  • Workshops for newcomer parents to learn about Ontario’s education system
  • Family health nights to promote active lifestyles
  • Supports for parents in high-needs areas
  • Support for Indigenous communities. 

Supporting parents to be involved in their children’s education is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

QUOTES

“Parents Reaching Out Grants make it easy for parents to become engaged in their child’s education. The funding they receive gives them the opportunity to create local, community specific solutions that will help encourage more parents in their children’s learning in support of student achievement and well-being.”

 — Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood

QUICK FACTS

  • More than 2200 schools will receive a PRO Grant in 2016-17, the highest number since 2007-08.
  • Studies show that when parents are more engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, have better behaviour and social skills, and continue their education at a higher level.
  • Since 2005, we have invested over $68 million to support parent engagement initiatives.
  • Since 2006, the government has awarded over 19,500 PRO grants to school councils and 799 regional/ provincial grants; a total investment of nearly $31 million.
  • In the 2015-16 school year, 2,141 school councils were approved for a PRO Grant.

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