ACE Bakery Staff Supporting After-School Program

As part of their staff-led fundraising initiative, ACE Bakery staff will deliver 6-foot long baguettes to all 18 beyond 3:30 after-school program sites and work with our Junior Chefs to prepare amazing creations that will be enjoyed by all during snack time. Carleton Village Junior and Senior Sports and Wellness Academy, 315 Osler St., is “Snackdown Central”.

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Lessons 'Beyond 3:30' teach Toronto teens life skills

Taylor, an eighth grade student at Carlton Village Public School, credits the skills he's learned to the Junior Chefs' Club, one part of the "Beyond 3:30" after-school program run by the Toronto District School Board. 

The program began in 2009, and is designed for students between Grades 6 and 8. It's now in 18 schools across the city.

Between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. every school day, students take part in different activities — ranging from a homework club to cooking and nutrition classes — along with an hour and a half of sports and games.

"Every step and every piece of confidence they build — we see these children blossom," said Catherine Parsonage, executive director of the Toronto Foundation for Student Success. The group works to address issues of hunger and healthcare for school-age children.

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