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

February 12, 2010

Students will go to work in local priority neighbourhood

TORONTO, ON – On top of hitting the books this reading week, hundreds of UofT 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 16 to 18, pitching in on a wide range of projects designed to enhance community services in this vibrant, multicultural neighbourhood. The students will help with dozens of critical projects, ranging from building a “town hall” gathering place for residents to planning community gardens and working with area kids.

“This is a win-win situation for all involved,” says Karen McCrank of UofT’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 the Weston-Mount Dennis community will certainly feel a positive ripple effect from those efforts.”

Further details on the specific projects can be found here: http://www.ccp.utoronto.ca/Students/Service-Projects-in-the-Community/Alternative-Reading-Week.htm

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For more information, please contact:
Karen McCrank
University of Toronto Centre for Community Partnerships
416-946-7103