Bursary award ceremony celebrates school perseverance in grade five and six pilot project participants

MONTREAL, POINT ST. CHARLES, May 26, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Share the Warmth, having recently named Marc Bergevin its new ambassador, is pleased to celebrate its grade five and six participants at its Bursary Awards Ceremony on May 27th at 6 pm at Share the Warmth (625 Fortune). Preliminary results of its pilot tutoring and bursary project for elementary school students will also be announced during the Ceremony.

The pilot project evaluation, conducted with input from teachers, parents, tutors and children, shows that young participants felt more confident at school and experienced less stress after only seven months in the program. Their parents also thought that the project led to an improvement in children's attitude toward school. School grades in math and languages also showed an improvement. So far 21 children participate in the program. By the fall, as many as 50 local elementary children are likely to be involved.

In its 2014 analysis of the South-West territory, Centraide found that 51% of Point Saint-Charles youth did not complete high school. In contrast, Share the Warmth found in 2015 that 91% of the youth involved in its high school tutoring and bursary program had graduated. With these results the non-profit then conducted a needs assessment with elementary school children that identified extra support as a priority.

Share the Warmth launched its pilot tutoring and bursary project for elementary children in the fall 2015. When asked what she liked best about the project, Naheema, who is in grade 6 at Charles-Lemoyne School, had this to say: "That I get the kind of help I want... I would make my family proud by going further." Fiona Crossling, Executive Director at Share the Warmth adds: "this project allows us to reach children who really need help to succeed!"

Share the Warmth needs donations to expand this program in the coming year and calls on Montrealers to be generous.www.sharethewarmth.ca 

For more information on the preliminary results of the pilot project, go to:

Share the Warmth awakens hopes and dreams with programs that foster the overall development and success of youth, increases access to food security and offers work training opportunities.

SOURCE Partageons l'espoir / Share the Warmth

For further information: Fiona Crossling, Executive Director, Share the Warmth, 625, rue Fortune, Montreal, Qc, H3K 2R9, (514) 933-5599 (extension 234), www.sharethewarmth.ca


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