3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser – Inspiring the Community to Help Local Schools

3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser – Inspiring the Community to Help Local Schools

A fun, community-building initiative that connects residents, schools and community partners to support local schools from 3 school boards.

 Let’s Get Together! in partnership with Emiliano and Ana No Frills is hosting the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Patch School Fundraiser from Thursday, October 18th thru to Sunday, October 28th, 2018.  For all the pumpkins sold during the 10 days, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to 6 participating schools in the neighbourhood.

The community is also invited to start their Halloween celebration at the Pumpkin Patch Party on Sunday, October 28th.  The party will be held at Emiliano and Ana’s No Frills, 245 Dixon Rd (Islington Ave. and Dixon Rd.) from 11am – 1pm.  Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best howl, best make up, best scary laugh and more. Hot dogs and drink combo will be available for $1. Let’s Get Together’s Junior Balloon Twisters, youth between ages of 10 – 12 years, will also be on hand to twist some unique Halloween creations.  All proceeds from food sales will be donated to the schools. 

“We are thrilled to be able to help our schools”, said Emiliano and Ana Hernandez, No Frills Owners.  “We appreciate our community and want to be involved however we can. The Pumpkin Patch Party is an event we look forward to because it brings families in our community together.”

“Schools, now more than ever, need our support,” said Alison Canning, Executive Director at Let’s Get Together.  “Education is key to building a healthy community.  We need to work together to ensure our educators and families have the resources they need to educate our children. This event is a fun and creative way to involve the community while helping our schools.”

About No Frills

Open since December 2012, Emilano and Ana’s No Frills has been a neighbourhood grocery store, in addition to providing pharmacy services. They also offer fresh meat (PAVAO MEAT) and fresh fish (BEAVER FISHERY) in their store. Both Emilano and Ana have enjoyed and appreciated being part of the neighbourhood, and believe that by helping others is a key to building stronger communities.

About Let’s Get Together

Let’s Get Together is a non profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access resources that provide educational assistance and supports student well-being. The mission is to encourage healthy parent involvement and help youth value learning while making it more equitable and accessible. Alison Canning is proud resident of Etobicoke North. She is also running in the upcoming municipal election as a candidate for the Toronto Catholic District School Board School Trustee position in Ward 1.
For more information on Let’s Get Together, please visit letsgettogether.ca

2nd Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

2nd Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

The Kingsview Village-Westway Neighbourhood residents with the support of Let’s Get Together is hosting their 2nd Annual Back to School Supplies Drive from August 1 – 24th, 2018. This drive will benefit students whose families are facing economic challenges while endorsing the value of education in our community.

The Kingsview Village-Westway neighbourhood is a vibrant and diverse community that works hard to ensure that our neighborhood is safe and inclusive despite it being designated, by the City, as an underserved Neighbourhood Improvement Area (NIA) in 2014.  Our mission is to create local opportunities such as the Back-to-School Supplies Drive, that allows  residents and anyone interested to volunteer and help address the arising needs in our community.

Every Hand Counts

We are asking both the local and greater community to help us make this initiative a success. Our goal is to collect 100 filled backpacks to distribute to students in need and provide a full box of school supplies to 10 surrounding schools to further assist those in need of supplies.  Purchasing a kit, a USB key or calculator will go a long way to helping a child and/or youth.  Any donations or contribution is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Alison at alison@letsgettogether.ca or call 416-302-8349.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Great feedback on our Let’s Get Involved! workshop

Great feedback on our Let’s Get Involved! workshop

Our Let’s Get Involved Parent Workshop featuring parent Nicole Pennie was a great experience for everyone. We had our largest turnout to date with parents and their children, NBYMP coaches, the Centennial College Colts Basketball Coaches all in one room, learning together and sharing tips on how to nurture and become a successful student-athlete.

Several research studies show that parent involvement has direct positive effect and outcome on student success. Parent involvement shows children that parents care which inspires them to continue on their journey. Families came away feeling more confident, equipped and focused on how best to work together to achieve their goals and dreams of becoming the best athlete they can be with an education.

A big THANK YOU to everyone for your participation, encouragement and support!

Parents and youth attending the workshop.
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FEEDBACK FROM PARTICIPANTS

What did you like most
about the workshop?

  • Hearing a child’s struggles turn into a story of success.
  • As a student athlete it makes me realize I need to focus on both my studies and my sports
  • How to support our son in every path he wants to venture.
  • I learned that parent involvement is key for my child success.
  • Meeting other like-minded parents and hearing everyone’s story. I also liked how the message focused on the importance of having an education first with sports.
  • I like learning about Jayln stories and how he conquered his obstacles in school and in basketball.

What would you say
to other parents and youth?

  • I would let them know that it’s a great program to help support a family in their journey in raising a well rounded child.
  • I would say that parent this session help us as parent to listen to our kids and have better communication with them .
  • I learned so much. The athletes were so personable, friendly and were happy to answer any questions I had. They took the time to chat with me. The parent talk was very informative. I’m glad both my son and I were there to learn together.
  • It’s a great way to learn from others how to conquer obstacles in your life.