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Parents Reaching Out Grants Awarded to 35 HWDSB Schools

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Parents Reaching Out Grants Awarded to 35 HWDSB Schools

HWDSB’s Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) is pleased to provide the following schools with Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grant funding.Icon of cheque with purple background

PRO grants help parents to identify barriers to parent/guardian/caregiver engagement in their own community, and find local solutions to get more parents involved. Parents who are involved in their child(ren)’s education help to support their child(ren)’s achievement and well-being.

“We are pleased to see so many school councils taking an active role in making their schools a better place for students, staff and families,” said PIC Chair Mike Palma. “We look forward to continuing to provide accessible, forward-thinking spaces where families play a large role in their child(ren)’s learning.”

The Ministry of Education provides each school board with funding, which PIC can use and/or distribute to schools. Each school can apply for a maximum amount of $1,000.

School councils submitted their applications to the PIC and approved projects were announced to schools in the spring.

Thirty-five schools were awarded a PRO grant. Each school community will lead these projects to support parent engagement.  Each project was required to meet one of the following objectives:

  • Addressing social inclusion and racism, specifically anti-Asian, anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and other prejudices toward racialized and marginalized groups
  • Creating a safe and welcoming environment
  • Demonstrating respect for parents as valued partners within the education system regarding decisions about their child(ren)’s education
  • Enhancing communications with teachers
  • Informing parents about the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum and supporting resources

List of School Projects

Congratulations to the following schools for their projects:

  • Allan A. Greenleaf: Presenter
  • Ancaster Meadow: Family Fun Math Night
  • Balaclava: Parent Curriculum Night
  • Billy Green: Social Media Speaker
  • Cathy Wever: Building Connections
  • Cecil B. Stirling: Family Literacy Night
  • Central: Communications Hub
  • Cootes Paradise: Happy Parents Happy Kids – Ann Douglas Presentation
  • Dundana: Indigenous plan night
  • Dundas Valley Secondary School: Presentation from Woodland Cultural Centre
  • Earl Kitchener: MCYU
  • George L. Armstrong/Norwood Park: Trans Speaker/Activist Chris Farias
  • Greensville: Dr. Kayla Baird
  • Highview: Mad Science
  • James MacDonald: Art and Wellness
  • Kanétskare: Spring Open House
  • Lawfield: Open House
  • Lincoln Alexander: Math/Literacy Nights
  • Lisgar: Presentation from Scott Graham re: Anti-Bullying
  • Millgrove: Dr. Deanne Behnke-Cook – Speaker
  • Michaëlle Jean: Creating a welcome and supportive community
  • Mount Hope: Building Parent Engagement
  • Mountview/Chedoke/Holbrook: Part Activity Nights
  • Parkdale: 75th Anniversary Party
  • Pauline Johnson: Book Night
  • Queensdale: Family Wellness
  • RA Riddell: Fitness Night
  • South Meadow: BRAVE Education
  • Tiffany Hills: At Home Reading Program
  • Viola Desmond: Family Literacy and Math
  • Westmount: Family Wellness
  • Westwood: Movement and Nutrition
  • WH Ballard: Online Safety
  • Waterdown District: What’s Your Path – Career
  • Westmount: Family Wellness 50-75 parents
Updated on Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
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