What: March Break Camps provide an extra week of learning each year for students in our partner communities. Programming during March Break Camp facilitates reading and writing and/or math strategies and skills lessons in the mornings, and fun, hands-on activities in the afternoons. Students finish March Break Camp with enhanced math and literacy skills and are better prepared for EQAO testing.
Where: Our Toronto community partner schools (Rose Ave P.S., Toronto First Nations School, Derrydown P.S., and Woburn P.S.)
When: The week of March Break
Who: Students in Grades 3 to 6 in our Toronto community partner schools as well as volunteers and Ontario certified teachers
Why? Keeping young students engaged academically and socially during a break from school prevents academic slideback, provides small classroom sizes with focused attention from educators, and enhances a young person’s self-esteem and confidence.
March Break Camp Reality: The Leacock Foundation also supports a March Break ‘Camp Reality’ for the St James Town Youth Council, a group of young leaders living in St James Town, Toronto who have come together to connect and empower other youth in their community. Hailing from diverse backgrounds and cultures, the Council members apply values of diversity, inclusion, and an ‘asset-based’ community development approach as they work to build a strong, sustainable, and hopeful neighbourhood. The St James Town Youth Council’s Camp Reality is for high school students in the community looking to visit university and college campuses, as well as several professional institutions, to get a better idea of a range of post-secondary and career options. For March Break 2014, the St James Town Youth traveled to McMaster and Brock University, Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone and Fashion Department, B+H Architects, Daniels Corporation, Auberge du Pommier, and Loblaws Cooking School. The youth participated in interactive workshops, and had the chance to speak to professors, administrators, and professionals regarding specific career and academic options.