Strong roots make a sturdy tree, providing nourishment, support, strength and resiliency through all seasons; without strong roots, a tree will fall. The Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough believes that every young person deserves the chance to reach his or her full potential, like an acorn becoming an oak. Roots is an extracurricular academic enhancement program that offers students this chance by strengthening the fundamentals of their education.
STRONGER ROOTS The Roots program parallels the TDSB curriculum, and has been designed to fill participants’ learning-gaps in the core competencies of language, mathematics, science and technology, and social/cultural awareness. Roots provides participants with a stronger academic foundation on which they can build while progressing through school.
A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT Just as roots are fed by the soil, so too do young people depend on their environment for sustenance. Roots provides an encouraging, affirmative space, with instructors available for individual conferencing, and community and family members providing program support. Roots prioritizes the development of participants’ community engagement, self-confidence, independence, and sense of responsibility.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO FLOURISH According to studies, one out of every ten students in our community drops out before completing high school. Without a basic education, young people face an uphill battle, their chances for prosperity and fulfillment severely reduced. Roots strives to reduce the dropout rate by nurturing participants’ engagement with school curriculum, by eliminating obstacles to their growth and giving them an opportunity to flourish both in school and in life.
ROBUSTNESS THROUGH ALL SEASONS Literacy, numeracy, social awareness – these areas of learning are indivisible; fluency in one will improve fluency in the others, just as inability in one will impede the others. To provide a fully holistic and integrative experience, Roots organizes its sessions thematically, and promotes both experience and reflection, giving participants’ a chance to form connections between otherwise divergent learning experiences.
These are the principles and values of ROOTS. This pilot program, aimed at grade fours and fives, will run every Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for 11 weeks, beginning March 23 and excluding Easter weekend and Victoria Day weekend. Registration is limited to ten grade 4 students, and ten grade 5 students. Inquiries can be directed to Howard Moriah, (416) 281-0262, email@example.com