A Look Back: Educational Initiatives

Learning is fun, we’ve all known that for a long time, haven’t we? But learning can also be a challenge and Story Planet likes to be there to help out and show students fun, effective approaches to classroom learning outside the classroom.

Homework Club

Each Tuesday, students from elementary schools in the neighbourhood would bring their homework to Story Planet where volunteers would guide them through anything from reading homework to math worksheets. Naturally, we incorporated some creative elements into the workshops so students had a chance to take a break and write a postcard to their future self, read a book from our library, or write their own story! Some of our volunteers are ESL-certified and worked with students who needed additional language help, which can be high priority in some parts of Toronto. The funding generously provided by CIBC’s Children’s Foundation created a space for students to see a fun side of learning!

“Homework Club is a good place to do your homework!” — Navina, Homework Club student

Essay Bootcamp

This year marked the 2nd Annual Essay Bootcamp, in collaboration with Innis College at the University of Toronto. Students were paired one-on-one with volunteers who guide them through the structure and technique of writing an effective end-of-term paper. The day ended with a tour of the University of Toronto, introducing students to academic and campus life and answering those early questions about what life after high school is all about. A huge thanks to No Frills, Fiesta Farms, and Loblaws for donating supplies for our afternoon BBQ.

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