OPSBA encourages Provincial Government to Expand Summer Opportunities for Students

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Public School Boards' Association
welcomes the provincial government's initiative to provide enhanced community
programs, employment opportunities and leadership activities for Toronto
students. Offering youth in Toronto relevant, appealing and positive choices
through this initiative will contribute to their safety and well-being over
the summer. This is a humane focus that promises to respond more effectively
to the challenges faced by young people in many communities.
    "Putting programs like this in place for Toronto students is a step in
the right direction," said OPSBA President Rick Johnson. "I would like to see
the provincial government build on this excellent start and I anticipate
seeing these opportunities growing in other Ontario communities where students
are at risk."
    Summer is a time when the resources, support and guidance of the school
environment are normally not available to provide students with connections
and a safety net. This is true across the Greater Toronto Region; it is true
in other Ontario cities and small towns and it is true in the communities of
Northern Ontario. OPSBA applauds the government's initiative. Starting it in
Toronto where it is keenly needed is the right first step. It is hoped that it
will be seen as a model that merits expansion to other communities in the
province where students are at risk and can be supported in this way.

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For further information: Jeff Sprang, Communications, (416) 340-2540

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