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Summer 2015 update from the Leacock Foundation
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22nd Annual Golf Tournament
On Sept. 21, 2015, Leacock is hosting its annual golf tournament, dinner, & auction at Granite Golf Club and Auberge du Pommier. To learn more, register, purchase dinner tickets, and/or view event sponsorship opportunities, click the button below.
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The YPL's Leacock Lawn Night
In June, the Young Professionals of Leacock (YPL) hosted their annual fundraising event to support Leacock programs for youth in both Toronto and South Africa. The event was held at the Leaside Lawn Bowling Club, for YPL members and their networks, complete with BBQ, bar, lawn bowling lessons, and tournament. Thanks to our fantastic YPL Event Committee and all who participated- it was a great evening! 
See Photos from the Event
LEAP Into Literacy Camp 2015 BLOG 
Thanks to our wonderful social media intern Alex, we were able to share regular updates from LEAP Camp via the Leacock Foundation's blog. Click the button below for blogs and videos from LEAP 2015! 
LEAP 2015 Blog
GAP Boreholes: The Final Stages
Earlier this year, the price of water increased by 250% in Queenstown, South Africa, which means access to clean water at the Get Ahead Project schools became unaffordable. Understanding the importance of access to sanitation and water for a healthy school environment, the Leacock Foundation's partner schools in Toronto helped fundraise to build boreholes at the GAP schools. These boreholes provide sustainable and affordable access to ground water. They are now in the final stage of being constructed at the schools!
Sister Circles 2015
In an effort to enhance global perspectives and cross-cultural learning for young people, the Leacock Foundation facilitates a March Break trip every year for grade 11 Branksome Hall (Toronto) students to travel to Queenstown, South Africa, to visit the GAP schools and participate in a peer learning program called the Sister Circles. Each grade 11 learner from Toronto is paired with a grade 11 learner from Get Ahead College, and they spend the week getting to know each other. This year's trip was a huge success, with plenty of friendships resulting! 
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A busy few months..

Since the Leacock Foundation's 16th Annual Debate in April 2015, we've been busy putting your fundraising dollars to work. In an effort to continue unlocking potential in young people through literacy and leadership opportunities, we've expanded our programming and support in both our Toronto and South African partner communities. Keep reading to see the direct impact you've had on the lives of young people...
LEADership Overnight Summer Camp
Thanks to your support at this year's Leacock Debate, the Leacock Foundation launched its first ever overnight summer camp program for youth living in some of Toronto's most underserved communities. In partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), the Leacock Foundation supported a month of week-long overnight summer camp programs at Albion Hills, complete with canoeing, high ropes courses, hiking, camping, and team building and leadership exercises. 
Click here to see photos from Leacock's LEADership Camps
Watch our video on why summer camp makes a difference in the lives of young people!
LEAP Into Literacy Day Camps
This July saw another successful LEAP Into Literacy summer day camp for our community partners in Toronto. For the entire month at 3 different locations in the city, children in grades 2 to 6 attended LEAP Camp, participating in literacy activities for the mornings, and outdoor educational learning and field trips in the afternoons. It was a fantastic month of learning and fun! Thank you to all our teachers, staff, volunteers, and campers!! 
Click here to see photos from LEAP Camp 2015
Kortright Pan Am Day
This July, for the first time ever, Leacock got all 3 LEAP Into Literacy summer camps together at the TRCA's Kortright Centre, to participate in a Pan Am-style day of outdoor activities, games, and making friends from different communities. Campers, teachers, and volunteers came together from St. James Town, the Jane and Finch community, the urban Aboriginal community, and Scarborough, to participate, meet each other, and enjoy the outdoors. It was a great day of community, team building, and learning! 
Click here to see photos from Pan Am Day
Here Come the Eduboards! 
Thanks to your fundraising dollars, the Leacock Foundation's partner schools in Queenstown and Whittlesea now have classrooms equipped with Eduboards. These technologically advanced whiteboards allow learners and teachers to participate in a more interactive, hands-on classroom experience, integrating their tablets and great visual tools for learning. The boards also connect to wifi, providing learners and teachers a world of resources and up-to-date information. 
Winter School 2015 Success
Each year during Get Ahead College's Winter Break in July, the matrics (grade 12's) participate in a Leacock-funded Winter School, where they work with teachers and their peers to enhance their learning and study habits in preparation for their final exams in November. For study breaks during Winter School, the matrics participate in fun, leadership and team-building exercises, and at the end of their two weeks of hard work, take a field trip to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. 
This year was the first year Leacock did not send Canadian teachers to Get Ahead to help coordinate Winter School. Instead, Get Ahead College staff and administrators took the lead on all programming, and did a fantastic job, meaning the program is now self-sufficient and sustainable. 
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