Greenwood’s urban campus is closely connected with the broader Toronto community.
Students strengthen these connections through weekly service learning programs. By mentoring younger children as Reading Buddies in Regent Park or volunteering at the local retirement residence, students soon learn just how profound an impact they can have on the world around them.
Our goal is to help students appreciate the value of giving because they want to, not because they have to. While all students in Ontario must complete at least 40 hours of service to graduate from high school, Greenwood students can proudly claim many hours beyond that minimum. Though participation in the program is only required in Grades 7 and 8, the majority of students carry on their involvement throughout high school.
Here's a sample of the service learning programs Greenwood offers:
Reading Buddies: Grade 7 and 8 students work on reading skills with younger students at Nelson Mandela Park Public School and Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School.
Camp Ooch Crafts: Students create craft kits for patients at SickKids Hospital.
Childhood Cancer Canada: Students plan, market and implement a fundraising event for Childhood Cancer Canada.
Claremont Retirement Residence: Students are paired with a resident for a weekly visit and activity.
Sprucecourt Right to Play: Students learn how to use sport and play to develop leadership skills in younger students at Sprucecourt Public School.
Youth Without Shelter Brown Bag Lunches: Students make and bag lunches for a shelter for homeless youth in Etobicoke.
Students also make a difference further afield. Our optional Grade 12 trip to Costa Rica has a strong service component, with graduating students giving their time and energy to community organizations and initiatives. Each summer, a group of Grade 11 students has the opportunity to travel to Tamil Nadu, India to volunteer in the classroom at Global Pathways School and to support infrastructure improvements in and around the school. (In 2017, the group raised funds to build a bike shed for students.)
"I loved raising awareness for childhood cancer. I really do care about Childhood Cancer Canada and the kids it supports, so I wanted to help make [the program] the best it can be. How the school facilitates opportunities for kids to get involved in the community is really amazing.”