Over 6,500 students from more than 85 schools cheered on the Toronto Marlies for the 8th annual TDSB / TFSS Day at the Marlies. Every year the crowd grows, as does the energy. This year was no different. Thank you for bringing school spirit, cheers and excitement!
When the Toronto Marlies take to the ice on Wednesday, February 22nd, they will be battling more than just the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning Affiliate); they will be assisting in the fight against child poverty as well.
A one-of-a-kind vision-screening program for Toronto schoolchildren is giving foreign-trained doctors a rare opportunity to improve their skills so they can apply to Canadian medical residency programs.
The community health project, operating out of 150 schools within the Toronto District School Board, not only puts free glasses on kids but has given dozens of international medical graduates the experience they need to succeed.
"Prior to this I was working in a call centre making minimum pay and I was not able to work on my Canadian medical exams," Rajkumar Luke Vijendra Das said while working at an eye screening clinic set up at The Elms Junior Middle School in Etobicoke.
A Toronto councillor is worried budget pressures will force the city to stop expanding a program that helps feed students in need, even as more children than ever are relying on the subsidized meals.
The city's budget committee will debate the funding for its Student Nutrition Program, on which the city spent $9.9 million last year to provide breakfast, lunch and snacks for some 194,000 students, at the committee's upcoming January meeting.
Toronto Public Health recommends spending an extra $2.2 million in 2017 so that more students can be fed through the program, budget notes state. But those same notes say the preliminary budget mentions a boost of $140,000, which would cover only the inflationary cost of food.
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.
Child poverty is a growing problem in the classroom — and it's prompting Canada's largest school board to prepare a staggering 136,000 breakfasts and lunches for students each day.
The Toronto District School Board opened 140 new breakfast initiatives in 2016, bringing its total number of meal programs to 588.
But there are kids who continue to go hungry.
A nutritious meal fuels the body and mind and it can be tough for kids to make it through the day without one. CTV News Toronto’s Dana Levenson visits Dundas Public School Student Nutrition Program.
TORONTO - Canada is failing to ensure everyone — especially children — has access to proper vision assessments and affordable corrective lenses, prominent pediatrician Lee Ford-Jones says.
“If there’s one thing you want Canadian children and youth and parents to be able to do is to be able to communicate with each other,” the GTA-based doctor said. “You want them to be able to hear, see, speak and read.
The program director at the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office applauds Mayor John Tory’s initiative to provide free breakfasts to Toronto-area grade school students, but believes the program doesn’t go far enough.
In 2014 the Government of Ontario released a poverty reduction strategy; it included $10 million made available between 2014 and 2019 to reduce poverty in Ontario communities. On Monday, Mayor Tory announced the allotment of $500,000 (of that $10 million) to offer breakfasts to communities in need. Mohan Doss, the program director of Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, appreciates the initiative, but has some criticism.
Children’s connection with parents, friends and other grown-ups plays a greater role in their sense of well-being than how well off their families are, a study from the University of British Columbia has found. [...] It found the most significant indicators of life satisfaction and health were positive relationships with adults at home, school and in the community, and peer belonging.
The Marlies and TDSB schools win together!
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