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U of T students to participate in “alternative reading week”

February 16, 2011

Students will go to work in local priority neighbourhood

TORONTO, ON – On top of hitting the books this reading week, hundreds of U of T students will be hitting the streets in one of Toronto’s poorest neighbourhoods to help with key community-building projects.

More than 200 student volunteers will team up with agencies in the Weston-Mount Dennis area February 22 to 24, pitching in on a wide range of projects designed to enhance community services in the vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood. The students will help with dozens of critical projects, ranging from indoor gardening, mural painting, and teaching leadership skills to local area youth through sport.

“This is a win-win situation for all involved,” says Karen McCrank of U of T’s Centre for Community Partnerships, who helped organize the blitz with the Learning Enrichment Foundation in the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood. “Our students get to use their skills and ideas towards projects with measurable, real-world impact and this deserving community will certainly feel a positive ripple effect from those efforts.”

Further details on the specific projects can be found here:

For more information, please contact:

Karen McCrank
University of Toronto Centre for Community Partnerships
416-627-9041 (cell)