Leap Into Literacy: Halfway Through

Written by: Alex Whang

Alex is a Grade 12 student and Leap Into Literacy’s official social media intern for summer 2015.  A previous volunteer at the Branksome Hall/Rose Avenue campus for two years, she is excited to be taking on this new role.

It seems like yesterday when students were settling into their classrooms, getting acquainted with one another, and starting their Leap camp experience. Now, a full two weeks later, we’re halfway through camp and the summer is flying by!

Today wrapped up another eventful week at Leap Into Literacy with too many exciting events and activities to count. At Derrydown, students had the opportunity to learn in a different environment and escape the summer heat by going for a swim. A special thank you to Havergal College for your kindness and generosity in letting us use your top-notch facilities.

The Woburn and Branksome campuses had an equally eventful second week of camp. On Tuesday, Woburn campers participated in a dance filled Zumba workshop, while today, Rose Avenue students held their first open house of the summer. Parents were invited to see what their children had been working on for the past two weeks and the students presented their work with pride. It was great to see the culmination of everyone’s hard work.

A particularly special field trip this week was a visit to YMCA Cedar Glen by grade 7 and 8 students. Although these students are not formally part of the Leap Into Literacy program (as they are now too old to participate), the Leacock Foundation created a fun, unique, and rewarding field trip for these students to participate in. From Monday to Friday, the students (who attend Winchester Public School, Henry Hudson Senior Public School, and Elia Middle School among others) stayed at Albion Hills Conservation Area learning about leadership and teamwork, with a focus on bringing these skills back to their respective communities. On Thursday, they made a special visit to YMCA Cedar Glen to use their high ropes course. It was an afternoon filled with personal challenges, achievements, fun, and exercise. To see the highlights from the afternoon, check out the video below!

We have two more exciting weeks of Leap camp ahead of us and we can’t wait for what’s in store. Continue to check our blog every Tuesdays and Fridays for a new post and follow our official Twitter: https://twitter.com/leacock_fdn as well as the hashtag #LeapCamp2015.

Have a wonderful weekend and stay tuned!



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