A focus on building character has always been central to Greenwood’s mission. The school’s service and outreach programming gives students the opportunity to establish community connections and build civic character. After participating in our service and outreach program, some alumni find their passion in helping others and others appreciate how the program instilled in them a desire to volunteer and contribute to the community.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its restrictions necessitated several changes to our many service outreach programs. Some programs were put on hiatus, such as Hockey HEROS and Reading Buddies. We modified the delivery of other programs, such as the Brown Paper Bag Lunches for Youth Without Shelter. As many of the restrictions have now been lifted, we were excited to bring back many of our programs this year (and introduce a few new ones)!
“This program connects to Greenwood’s mission to create students who are active, civic minded people,” says Justine Richards, Coordinator, Service Learning. “It’s important for students to experience making authentic connections to people and communities in our city. These opportunities allow for hands-on learning for participants and create connections in several different spaces.”
High school students have many service and outreach opportunities available to them through Greenwood. Some include:
Hockey HEROS is a hockey skill development program for younger participants
Youth Without Shelter lunches for youth facing homelessness to ensure they have proper nutrition for the day
Lumenus campaign creation where students will learn valuable project management skills to develop a fundraiser
After school program at Lescon Public School that gives students the chance to play, learn and build relationships with each other
Peer-to-Peer Learning Support at Sprucecourt Public School for their Grade 4 Math and Science courses
This year, our senior students have the opportunity to participate in Sandwich Sisters, an initiative with St. Demetrius School in Etobicoke. Every Wednesday morning, students work in a Sandwich Pod to create healthy lunches for new Canadian families and kids in St. Demetrius’ lunch program.
For our Grade 7 and 8 students, our Reading Buddies program offers them a chance to connect with other students from our partner school. This year, we partnered with Davisville Public School. On Wednesdays, the Grade 7s and 8s, chaperoned by Greenwood staff and older students, walk to Davisville Public School and read with the kindergarteners and Grade 1s. The Reading Buddies program is one of our long-running outreach programs. Previously, we have partnered with Nelson Mandela Park Public School, Sprucecourt Public School and Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School.
Through all of our outreach opportunities, students can build relationships and gain life skills that will enrich their lives at Greenwood and beyond.
We acknowledge with gratitude the Ancestral lands upon which our main campus is situated. These lands are the Ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabek and the Wendake. The shared responsibility of this land is honoured in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty and as settlers, we strive to care for the land, the waters, and all creatures in the spirit of peace. We are responsible for respecting and supporting the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. When away from this campus we vow to be respectful to the land by protecting and honouring it. We will create relationships with the people and the land we may visit by understanding the territories we enter and the nations who inhabit them.