STL team speaks at Thorncliffe Park Public School!
December 15, 2010
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STL was invited to speak to three grade 3 classes at Thorncliffe Park Public School about the Digital Divide, the importance of charity and following their dreams. STL also provided two laptops for two students attending the school who did not have access to a computer at home.

Thorncliffe Park Public School is a K-5 school that began seeing signs of overpopulation in the late 90s. It was largely overpopulated when in 1998 it had a student population of 1,500 and as many as 40 portables filled the schoolyard. The following year students had to be sent to the nearby Don Mills school due to a lack of space. Parents objected to this and Thorncliffe Public School began a massive addition. In 2003 the new addition opened and now Thorncliffe Park Public School is the largest elementary school in North America with a staggering 1900 students. In the summer of 2008 the soccer field and baseball diamond were paved over and 20 new portables were erected in their place prompting fears of further over-crowding. On June 16, 2009 Education Minister and local MP Kathleen Wynne announced 12 million dollars in provincial funding to rebuild the school so the students would not have to be in portables.

In 2001, immigrants constituted 66% of the population of the Community Planning Area, and recent immigrants constituted 87%. Twenty-eight per cent of the residents spoke a language other than English or French at home, with the most frequent being Urdu and Gujarati. In Toronto as a whole, immigrants constituted only 49% of the population, and recent immigrants only 11%; only 19% spoke a language other than English or French at home. Median household income in 2001 was $38,404 CND.; the median income in the entire city was $45,251. Twelve per cent of the families in the Community Planning Area were officially classified as having low household incomes, while 5% of the families throughout Toronto were so classified. (Wikipedia)

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Rema Tavares (STL Executive Director), Caroline McIntosh (STL Project Coordinator), Lara Tavares (STL Founder & Honorary Chair), James Snetsinger (Grade 3 teacher) & 2 computer recipients.


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James Snetsinger (Grade 3 teacher), Rema Tavares (STL Executive Director), Caroline McIntosh (STL Project Coordinator), & Lara Tavares (STL Founder & Honorary Chair) speaking to 3 grade 3 classes.


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Three grade 3 classes at Thorncilffe Park Public School.


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Three grade 3 classes at Thorncilffe Park Public School.


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James Snetsinger (Grade 3 teacher), Rema Tavares (STL Executive Director), Caroline McIntosh (STL Project Coordinator), & Lara Tavares (STL Founder & Honorary Chair) speaking to 3 grade 3 classes.


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Caroline McIntosh (STL Project Coordinator) doing a tutorial on how to use a laptop with recipient.


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Caroline McIntosh (STL Project Coordinator) doing a tutorial on how to use a laptop with recipient.


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Rema Tavares (STL Executive Director) doing a tutorial on how to use a laptop with recipient.


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Student recipient with laptop.