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Summer Camps for Newcomer Children a Great Opportunity to Learn and Connect

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Categories: Great Things

Participants at two summer camps for newcomer children were anything but bored these past few weeks. The camps provided newcomer children with opportunities to try Canadian experiences and new foods, and to make friends in their new home. The participants were out and about exploring Toronto area attractions and learned a great deal about Canada.

The 7-week Summer Camps, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and run by the TDSB's Newcomer Services, began on July 4 with 38 children in attendance. Every day, TDSB newcomer students between 6 -12 years of age, many of them Syrian refugees, attended the camps. The camps were based at Wedgewood JPS and Rose Avenue JPS, and the students had the opportunity to learn and interact with peers and staff in a safe and caring environment. Participants were able to show their creativity through crafts and join in many indoor and outdoor games and activities. In addition, the groups also went on field trips, including a visit to the Toronto Zoo, Boulderz Climbing Centre and Canada's Wonderland.

Throughout the seven weeks, the main focus was on helping the kids become more familiar with the city and many aspects of Canadian culture, while also providing additional exposure to different situations using English. It was an experience full of fun, challenges and lots of learning.

At the end of the camp, the program staff hosted a celebration event where the participants and their parents were joined by IRCC and TDSB staff. The celebration included a clown and magician, balloon animals, a bouncy castle, and face-painting. 

"We are very happy to be able to play a role in the settlement of these families by helping them connect with their new home and gain some of the skills they need to reach their dreams and potential in Canada," said Marilyn Chambers, Community Services Supervisor with the TDSB Newcomer Services program

More info on this and other programs at www.tdsb.on.ca/communityservices

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