More Schools Open Doors After Hours



    McGuinty Government Supports After-School Programs

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - Starting this year, more people will find it
easier and cheaper to use Ontario's schools after hours.
    Ontario will increase its investment in the Community Use of Schools
program to $66 million over the next four years. This new funding will:

    
    -  Expand the existing program
    -  Provide free after-hours access to about 500 schools in communities
       that need it most by 2011-12
    -  Provide new Community Outreach Coordinators who will engage
       communities and local schools to improve group use and create more
       programs and activities.
    

    "Learning and growing doesn't stop when the school bell rings or when you
reach a certain age, so we want our schools to be hubs of the community during
the school day and after school hours," said Premier McGuinty.
    "Ontario's schools are the heart of our neighbourhoods and we're
welcoming even more people through the doors," said Education Minister
Kathleen Wynne.
    "We want to help all Ontarians stay healthy and get fit," said Minister
of Health Promotion Margarett Best.
    This year, funding for lowering fees will be $33 million - a 65 per cent
increase over last year.

    Learn more about the Community Use of Schools program:
    www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/community

    Find out how to book your school after hours:
    www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/community/dsb.html

    Keep fit and have fun with a sports and recreation group in Ontario:
    www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/sportandrec/organizations.asp

    Disponible en français

    
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