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

Casting call for Adventurous Family for New Living History Television Series

Casting call for Adventurous Family for New Living History Television Series

CASTING CALL – online application deadline Sept 10

Dear Parents,

Has your adventurous family ever considered doing a TV show? If so, check out the AMAZING and unique learning opportunity below for your family.

3BIRD MEDIA (https://www.3birdmedia.com/) is looking for an adventurous family to take a trip into the past. They will take one extraordinary family on a time travelling adventure of a lifetime for a new living history television series currently in development with a national Canadian network.

The family must:
– Live in Ontario
– Own their home
– Be Canadian citizens and or Permanent Residents
– Be available January – March of 2019
– Have 2 or more children (looking for age 10 and over) **
– Love food and fun and be willing to jump in with ALL feet

**Note: There is leeway when it comes to ages of the children. If there are 3 children in the family and 2 are teenagers and one is 8, yes, they still encourage you to apply.

The shoot is 12 weeks in length – one week on and one week off as they are shooting 6 episodes. There is an honorarium offered to the family and they will come out of this with a completely remodelled and updated kitchen.

Performers are welcomed but please keep in mind this is a doc series. No performing is required. Also, all members of the family must be non-union (of Actra).

If you’re interested in exploring this further, either fill out the online application at https://familyhistoryseries.castingcrane.com/ or contact Heather at heather.iur@3birdmedia.com if you have an additional questions about the project.

Deadline to apply is September 10th. Please mention that you heard about this through Let’s Get Together!

This is a BIG commitment but promises to be a memorable and fun bonding opportunity for your family!

Any further questions, please feel free to contact us at info@letsgettogether.ca or call 416-302-8349

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.
CLICK HERE for more pictures from the event.

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.
Empowering children through growth mindset, balloon twisting and employment

Empowering children through growth mindset, balloon twisting and employment

Helping children value learning through teaching the fun, creative and employable skill of balloon twisting.

Etobicoke, Ontario, July 1, 2018 –  Let’s Get Together! is excited to announce the success of their new initiative True North Friends Junior Balloon Twisting Workshops.  

Since mid May 2018, Let’s Get Together’s six Junior Balloon Twister Trainers (JBTT), with the support of an adult coordinator, have taught over 250 children between the ages of 10-12 years of age how to balloon twist using a growth mindset.  The JBTT themselves range in age between 10 – 12 years and have been offered employment opportunities as Twisters since the start of this initiative.

This unique workshop was funded by Healthy Kids Community Challenge Rexdale’s fourth theme Power Off and Play which promotes powering off devices before sleep, during meal and snack time, and encourage of physical activity, social interaction and family time. The True North Friends Junior Balloon Twisting Workshops were specifically designed to help children develop this employable skill while promoting the importance of growth mindset, healthy social skills and acceptance of self and others. Children who learn this unique skill will have another cool activity in their “life toolkit” that encourages them to put down the electronics, explore creative arts and enjoy building meaningful connections within the community. The funding also provided each child with their own balloon twist kit to keep, and each of the 18 organizations and schools visited received their own club starter kit, so their newly trained Junior Twisters can continue to practice and teach their peers.

What is Growth Mindset?

Growth mindset, discovered by world-renowned Standford University psychologist Carol Dweck, is the belief that the most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point.  This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment. (excerpt taken from Mindset)

Connection between growth mindset and balloon twisting

Balloon twisting is a wonderful and cool way to teach anyone how to learn!! It teaches children how to be more patient, focused, creative, self-resilient and communicative, which is often a struggle for many children today” explains Alison Canning, Executive Director for Let’s Get Together! and resident of the Kingsview Village Westway Neighbourhood.  “Balloons can pop, fly away or untwist at any point, so the children often take a different approach, accept feedback/suggestions, learn from their mistakes and try again. Since the children want to make their own balloon character they continue to work hard and persevere until they have their creation. The interesting part is that their final product is often not what they expected, but they don’t get discouraged – they’re motivated to pick up another balloon and try again. This time they ask for help or suggestions or watch their peers. This is growth mindset in action.”

The Impact

Balloon twisting allows for compassion and develops young leaders of tomorrow today. “It’s fun teaching people, especially when they’re my age, because I can do something they can’t and it’s nice to share the experience of what I’ve learned,” says Seyara Rambukkanage, a Grade 6 student, resident of Etobicoke North and a Let’s Get Together!’s Junior Balloon Twister Trainer.

This workshop made me feel really good about myself using the (growth mindset) phrase ‘This make take some time’.  It actually made me feel more patient about making the balloons today, and I feel really, really good about it!” said one of the students from The Elms Junior Middle School workshop held on June 25th.

Balloon twisting is a great activity for the kids, showing them what is not possible is actually possible by pushing the boundaries and twisting and making beautiful décor,” shares Jenifferjit Sidhu, Media Relations Officer for Toronto Police Services. One of Toronto Police Services Community Outreach Programs participated in the balloon twisting workshop.

The fun continues

The fun continues with the True North Friends Junior Balloon Twist-Off  held this Friday, July 6th at the Rexdale Foodie Festival at Toronto Albion Library.  Children 14 years and under will have a chance to showcase their new skills and creative minds between 4:15 – 5:30pm.  Let’s Get Together! and their Junior Balloon Twisting Trainers will also offer free 15 minute workshops to children and their parents how to twist after the Twist-Off at 6pm and 7pm.

To book a workshop or register for the Junior Balloon Twist-Off visit http://www.truenorthfriends.ca or contact 416-302-8349

About Let’s Get Together!

Let’s Get Together is a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for parents, youth and communities to access resources that provide educational assistance and support student well-being. Their mission is to encourage healthy parent involvement in children’s education and inspire youth to value learning while making it accessible and equitable.