An e-newsletter overview of Leacock's programming & events from June & early July 2014
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Young Professionals of Leacock: An Axe-cellent start to Summer
On Thurs. June 19th, the Young Professionals of Leacock (YPL) club hosted a fundraising event at Toronto’s popular Backyard Axe Throwing League. The evening consisted of axe throwing lessons, an axe throwing tournament, and silent auction. 75 people attended and as a result, the YPL were able to raise $4000 to help send 10 youth in Toronto to Leap Into Literacy camp this July. We want to send a big thank you to our wonderful sponsors and everyone who came out! 
The YPL Event Committee having a fantAXEtic time hosting the fundraiser
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Limberlost Leadership Camp
In mid-June, a group of grade 6 students from Woburn PS went up to Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve in Hunstville, to participate in a 3 day-long leadership camp. These future student leaders participated in outdoor leadership and learning activities, going for hikes and participating in team-building exercises.  
Limberlost staff with the Woburn leaders all in their Leacock sunglasses!
B+H Architects raise over $50,000 for Leacock
We want to send a huge thank you this month to B+H Architects who raised over $50,000 to go toward Leacock programming in Toronto and South Africa, during their 37th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. For more details, click here 
Leacock members participate in B+H Architects golf tournament 
Peter Oliver receives Honorary Doctorate
On June 13th, Peter Oliver received an Honorary Doctorate from Ryerson University and addressed the graduating class of 2014. We want to congratulate Peter on this accomplishment and thank him for his tireless efforts to enhance opportunities for youth in Toronto and South Africa. 
#BecauseOfSchool Twitter Chat
On June 12th, The Leacock Foundation participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the Global Partnership for Education and the UN’s Global Education First Initiative, to raise our voices on the importance of funding global education. The theme of the chat was sharing personal accomplishments that people have had because of school. It was great to have a voice in such an important conversation and to hear from Leacock members, students, and leaders in both Toronto and South Africa. 
YUVA Take Action on Bullying
The Youth United in Visionary Action (YUVA) First Nations students completed their anti-bullying buttons and launched their Community Action Plan this month by distributing the buttons for donations in their neighbourhood to encourage people to become anti-bullying advocates. They also finished writing and creating a video to raise awareness on ending bullying. Click the button below to watch! 
Watch the Anti-Bullying YUVA Video
YUVA's anti-bullying buttons
South Africa: Teacher Training Kagan Workshop
On June 23 & 24 the Get Ahead Project Schools’ teachers gathered at QGAP to attend a Kagan cooperative learning teacher professional development workshop conducted by Tom Searl, from Los Angeles, CA. He outlined the PIES principles that are the underpinnings of cooperative learning and introduced the teachers to classbuilding and teambuilding activities. The teachers and administrators all concurred that the resounding success of the workshop can be attributed to Tom Searl’s passion, synergy and his knowledge of Kagan structures. The Get Ahead community has been transformed into an awesome team eager to implement their repertoire of instructional strategies in Term 3. 
Winter School Starts at Get Ahead
During the first two weeks of July, Get Ahead College students in Grade 12 (Matric) in Queenstown, South Africa, participate in Winter School, providing them extra time for learning and exam preparation. This will be the 7th year Canadian volunteer teachers have traveled to Get Ahead College to work with the grade 12 learners and partner with the Get Ahead staff for the full 2 weeks of Winter School. We look forward to seeing the Matric students graduate with flying colours! 
Get Ahead College Winter School students in their Leacock sunglasses! 
School's Out for Summer! But Camp's In! 
Leap Into Literacy Camp started at the beginning of July and will continue for the rest of the month! Leap Camp is for students in grades 2 to 6, in high-needs areas of Toronto, who are struggling with reading, writing, and oral literacy skills. It’s going to be a fun and productive time for participants, teachers, and volunteers, and we look forward to keeping you updated via Leacock’s Facebook & Twitter pages #LeapCamp14
Student Sponsorship at Get Ahead
In the past month, six students at the Get Ahead Project schools have been brought to our attention who require financial assistance through sponsorship to finish out the school year. Unfortunately, unemployment, poor access to quality healthcare, and high incidences of HIV/AIDS are an everyday reality in the Townships of Whittlesea and Queenstown, where most GAP students call home. As a result, many students’ circumstances at home can change quite quickly, causing their school fees to become a financial burden. If you are willing and able to help support a student for the rest of the South African school year, it would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to call the Leacock office (416.489.9309) if you would like to learn more details or if you have any questions. 
Sponsor a GAP Student Now
21st Annual Leacock Golf Tournament 
The 21st Annual Leacock Golf Tournament, Dinner, and Silent Auction is happening Monday, September 15, 2014 at Granite Golf Club and Auberge du Pommier. All proceeds from the tournament will support Leacock's signature Triangle of Hope programs in both Toronto and South Africa. We look forward to seeing you there! 
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