Orazietti announces investment for local school council projects

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The provincial government is providing Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants to 29 local school councils, to help increase parental involvement and to support student achievement, David Orazietti MPP announced today.

“The Parents Reaching Out grants are important investments which support increased student achievement and promote well-being,” said Orazietti. “This demonstrates our government’s commitment to student success by helping more parents get involved in their child’s education and school community.”

This year, the province is providing $25,629 in Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants to local school councils for local parent engagement projects which include:

$16,975 for 20 projects at Algoma District School Board (ADSB)
$7,654 for 8 projects at Huron Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB)
$1,000 for CSD du Grand Nord de l’Ontario
The grants will support projects that help parents respond to important issues in the community, such as bullying, student nutrition, literacy and math. They also help address barriers parents may face to participate in their child’s education, such as language and transportation.

“Parents are a child’s first and most impactful teacher, thus we are pleased to have 20 Parent Reaching Out grants happening across our district. Projects will encompass topics such as Science nights, family fitness, parent communication, inquiry-based learning, family math night and family reading nights,” said Lucia Reece, Director of Education, ADSB. “Having parents engaged in their child’s school and learning has a positive impact on student achievement, so we are extremely proud of our parents for their participation this year and say THANK YOU for making a difference in your child’s education!”

“We are very appreciative that the Ministry of Education approved PRO grants for eight of our schools. Grants such as these are an important component of our efforts to encourage parent participation in Catholic education,” said John Stadnyk, Director of Education, HSCDSB. “The positive results achieved from Catholic School Council projects are proof that expanding parent involvement in school communities is an integral component in our students’ ability to reach their full potential.”

Supporting parents to be involved in their children’s education is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.