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  • September 15, 2016

York South-Weston Receives Grants to Support Parents

Parent Engagement Leads to Student Achievement


September, 2016


Ontario is supporting parents in York South-Weston with 28 Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grants to 28 local school councils, totalling $28 000.

These grants support local school councils, Parent Involvement Committees and not-for-profit organizations working with parents. This funding drives local solutions that help parents overcome barriers to getting more involved in their children’s learning.

Local projects in York South-Weston include:

  • Amesbury Middle School  -  Parent Engagement Sessions
  • Bala Avenue Community School  -  Mental Health Awareness Night
  • Brookhaven Public School  -  Healthy Active Living and Mental Health and Well-Being
  • C R Marchant Middle School  -  Parent Learning Circle
  • Charles E Webster Public School  -  Supporting Parents for Student Success
  • Dennis Avenue Community School  -  Dennis Dialogue
  • É Élém Maison Montessori  -  Parent, Enfants, mathematique et logique
  • Frank Oke Secondary School  -  Math in the Home
  • George Anderson Public School  -  Parents Talking Together to Encourage Student Success
  • George Syme Community School  -  Working Together For Success
  • H J Alexander Community School  -  Families Learning Together
  • Harwood Public School  -  Improving Student Achievement
  • Keelesdale Jr Public School  -  Parent Involvement in Education
  • Lambton Park Community School  -  Making Math Make Sense
  • Maple Leaf Public School  -  Parents Planting Seeds for Student Success
  • Pelmo Park Public School  -  Parent Strategies for Student Achievement
  • Portage Trail Community Middle School  -  Parent Engagement Nights
  • Rockcliffe Middle School  -  Parent Supporting Students at Home and School
  • Roselands Jr Public School  -  Family STEM Night
  • Silverthorn Community School  -  Parent Workshop Series
  • St Bernard Catholic School  -  Family Fitness Night
  • St Fidelis Catholic School  -  Tackling Anxiety and Stress
  • St Francis Xavier Catholic School  -  Numeracy Night
  • Weston Memorial Jr Public School  -  STEM Workshops for Parents
  • York Humber High School  -  Enhancing Parent Engagement
  • York Memorial Collegiate Institute  -  Parents Supporting Teens Workshop


This year’s PRO Grants are supporting a diverse range of projects, such as:

  • Parent support for their children’s mathematics learning
  • Parent resources on mental health and well-being
  • Workshops for newcomer parents to learn about Ontario’s education system
  • Family health nights to promote active lifestyles
  • Supports for parents in high-needs areas
  • Support for Indigenous communities.


Supporting parents to be involved in their children’s education is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.



“Parents Reaching Out Grants make it easy for parents to become engaged in their child’s education. The funding they receive gives them the opportunity to create local, community specific solutions that will help encourage more parents in their children’s learning in support of student achievement and well-being.”

 — Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education



  • More than 2200 schools will receive a PRO Grant in 2016-17, the highest number since 2007-08.
  • Studies show that when parents are more engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, have better behaviour and social skills, and continue their education at a higher level.
  • Since 2005, we have invested over $68 million to support parent engagement initiatives.
  • Since 2006, the government has awarded over 19,500 PRO grants to school councils and 799 regional/ provincial grants; a total investment of nearly $31 million.
  • In the 2015-16 school year, 2,141 school councils were approved for a PRO Grant.



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