Fourteen school councils will receive grants to support school-based projects which help parents/guardians get more involved in schools. They are funded through Ontario’s Parent Reaching Out (PRO) grants.
Funded projects in Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board include the following:
- Bancroft Public School, Capacity Building Carousel, an event which will focus on bridging school communities, increasing parent involvement, and fostering relationships between parents and community agencies.
- Harmony Public School, Reaching Out in Harmony, a series of information sessions on bullying, social networking and internet safety.
- Harry J. Clarke Public School, Parent Support for Social Networking and Online Dangers, support materials to assist parents in understanding the complexities surrounding the Internet and social networking sites.
- Maynooth Public School, Healthy Children/Healthy Learners Program, two guest speakers to address parents/guardians on supporting their child’s health and wellness.
- North Hastings Senior Elementary School, Healthy Living Program, an evening session to assist parents in making healthy choices in their home.
- Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, New Math Workshop Program, workshop for parents to understand what their children are learning and to be able to assist them with homework and learning at home.
- Prince Charles Public School (Trenton), Family Book Club Program, hands-on learning and literacy to improve relationships between the school and the parent community.
- Prince Charles School (Belleville), School Council Lending Library, new resources for the School Council Lending Library, including books and DVDs on parenting, education and nutrition.
- Queen Elizabeth Public School, Community Cares Program, information sharing to increase parent awareness of Ministry, board and school procedures and practices to better support an inclusive, safe and caring school community.
- Queen Victoria School, Parent Information Night on Bullying, visit by a guest speaker on various aspects of bullying.
- Sophiasburg Central School, Internet Safety Workshop, a workshop on Internet safety and how it affects children’s lives.
- Stirling Primary School, Parent Lending Library and Parenting Support, a parent library to engage parents at school in activities to support families and provide resources for learning at home.
- Stirling Senior Public School, Making Sense of Math for Moms and Dads, Math information sessions for parents and access to resources in the parent lending library.
- V.P. Carswell Elementary School, Skill Building and Transitions, visit by a guest speaker to build skills and help parents recognize and prevent bullying and self esteem issues.
The grants are locally driven by groups such as parent organizations, school councils and parent involvement committees. These groups address local barriers such as language or poverty, and develop local solutions to help other parents get involved in their children’s education, both at home and at school.
Ontario’s new parent engagement policy  (pdf) helps parents work together with education partners so that they can contribute to the success of Ontario’s students and education system. Check out this year’s list of approved projects . Find out more information about parent initiatives .
Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board serves approximately 15,700 students each day at 46 elementary and eight secondary schools. Supporting student achievement is the goal of approximately 1,800 teaching and support staff who, in addition to the contributions of caring volunteers and community partners, share their passion for teaching and learning. The district covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south and Quinte West to the west.
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