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As we transition into a much-anticipated spring, the Leacock Foundation has been busy with events and programming both in Toronto and South Africa. April saw another fantastic annual Debate, the success of after-school and Saturday morning literacy programming in Toronto, and lots of growth and success at the Get Ahead Project in South Africa. As we spring into May, we are busy coordinating Leacock events, LEAP into Literacy Summer Camp in Toronto, and Winter School in Queenstown. Below, you'll find summaries of April's activities, as well as updates on what is coming up for the summer.
Debate Thank you
The 15th Annual Leacock Debate held on April 9th was another huge success! Because of your support, we raised over $100,000 to go toward Leacock's Triangle of Hope programs and the Robert W. Martin Leadership Centre, to provide youth enhanced literacy and leadership opportunities. We want to send a special thank you to all the debaters and moderator Hon. Bob Rae who provided a truly entertaining evening, all volunteers and Arcadian Court staff, Georgian Capital for sponsoring the event, and of course, all Leacock members and guests. Without you, the evening would not have been such a success. We look forward to seeing you again next year! 
For more photos from the Debate, click here
The Bus Stop Theatre
Over the past month, the Get Ahead Project campus in Queenstown has been hard at work transitioning an old school bus on the school grounds into a theatre for the arts. The aptly named Bus Stop Theatre will allow students to perform theatre, plays, choir recitals, speeches, and more! Its outdoor location allows for a large audience, creating a space for the entire community to come together and attend performances. The Theatre is still in the early stages of development and we look forward to keeping you updated on its progress and opportunities to support the programming it will facilitate. 
Click here to Donate to the Bus Stop Theatre
After-School Programming Comes to an End for the School Year
As the school year in Toronto comes to an end, so too do Leacock's after-school and Saturday morning literacy programs at Rose Avenue, Derrydown, and Woburn public schools. The students have shown a notable improvement in literacy skills and engagement, and we want to thank all administration, teachers, reading buddies, and volunteers involved in facilitating the program.


"My reading buddy helped me read better. Because I can now read harder stories and words, I read more at home." 
We're now gearing up for LEAP Into Literacy summer camp, which will provide students from Rose Avenue, Woburn, and Derrydown a full-day camp experience for the entire month of July. Students will spend the mornings in the classroom engaging in literacy programming, and the afternoons outdoors participating in hands-on team-building and leadership activities. 
Interested in volunteering for LEAP Into Literacy camp? Email us: leacockteach@gmail.com 
Upcoming Events 
Branksome-QGAP 10th Anniversary Celebration
When: Wed. May 28th 7:30-9:00 pm
Where: Branksome Hall Junior School (10 Elm Ave. Toronto)
Who: Leacock Members and Branksome Hall staff and alumni who participated in Get Ahead Project Service Trip 
Why: For 10 years the Branksome Hall Service trip to Get Ahead in Queenstown has impacted many people. This evening is a celebration and reflection of Branksome's commitment to the Triangle of Hope, and the progress made at Get Ahead.
Details: A complimentary evening for Leacock members. Please RSVP to justine@leacockfoundation.org
Young Professionals of Leacock (YPL) Axe Throwing Fundraiser 
When: Thurs. June 19th 6:00-10:00 pm
Where: Toronto's Backyard Axe Throwing venue (33 Villiers St. Toronto)
Who: YPL members and their friends and family
Why: A fun, social evening complete with axe throwing lessons and tournament, to raise funds to send disadvantaged youth in Toronto to LEAP Into Literacy Camp this July. 
Details: Tickets are $35 for YPL members and $50 for non-members. Ticket includes axe throwing lesson and tournament, appetizers, 2 drink tickets, and a chance to participate in the YPL's Silent Auction. 
To purchase tickets to the YPL event, click here
Professional Development at Get Ahead
Teachers at the Get Ahead Project belong to the National Professional Teachers' Association of South Africa (NAPTOSA). Four times per year, they participate in professional development programming over a long weekend. In April, ten teachers from Get Ahead attended a development workshop called 'Flipping the Classroom'. There they shared skills and ideas on how to utilize technology to facilitate completion of schoolwork at home, so classroom time can be dedicated to in-depth discussion or remedial work. 
On behalf of Leacock's staff both in Toronto and South Africa, we want to thank you for a great month! We look forward to seeing you soon at upcoming events and keeping you updated on the latest news. Please contact our office at 416.489.9309 with any further questions or if you'd like to get more involved.
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