In January 2016, Canada welcomed thousands of refugee families from war-torn countries overseas. The Canadian Safe School Network felt strongly about this issue, and sought to do our part to help. The Send Support campaign was launched in January with the goal of supporting refugee children starting school in Canada for the first time.
Supporting school-aged children is no new task for us. For 20 years we have created safe and welcoming environments in Canada, but this was a special case. A new school, new friends, a new classroom can be a stressful experience for any child. Imagine not knowing the language, culture and curriculum.
It became our goal to ensure that upon arrival at a new school, every child felt comfortable, accepted and treated with kindness by their peers, and school community.
Our send support campaign saw over 250 students from schools across the country receive packages of school supplies and educational resources. In addition, every package contained certificates for free tutoring services offered by GradeSlam tutoring. The packages were assembled and sent out to students in 3 age divided categories.
In addition to the support packages, we developed a comprehensive resource page on our website to help educators welcome refugee students to their classrooms. The resources contains:
- Strategies for improving refugee parent involvement
- Strategies for overcoming language barriers
- Strategies for creating welcoming environments
- Strategies for discussing the issues (Syria, Refugee Crisis) with your classroom at large
We are proud to have undergone this initiative and we wish all students and educators the very best in developing inclusive learning environments as Canada continues to support those in need!
A special thanks to Amp Solar Energy Group, GradeSlam Tutoring and Education Station for supporting this initiative.
A big thanks to author Sheri Lynn Fishbach for contributing copies of her book, “Dex” to our refugee student support package initiative. Sheri Lynn Fishbach is a New York-based freelance writer and editor who holds an MA in Education from Brooklyn College and has contributed to local, regional, and national publications including Gannett’s the Journal News, Psychology Tomorrow, the Jewish Reporter, Steppin’ Out, and the New York Times network of newspapers. A staunch advocate for education and intercultural exchange, Sheri is delighted to work with the Canadian Safe School Network in helping Syrian refugees adapt to their new lives in Canada. Find Sheri on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/sherilynnfishbach
Meet Dex Rossi. He’s a gawky, lovesick middle-school entrepreneur and amateur chef who runs a gourmet lunch stand from his front lawn. In love with a girl whose boyfriends are jocks, he hopes to earn enough money to buy a gym system that will help him bulk up and win her heart. But while he serves up his locally famous food, his profits come to serve another purpose. He discovers that his grandmother’s restaurant is in financial ruin, and to save it, he must cook up a quick plan! With the help of Alicia, his filmmaking older sister, and a host of great friends, Dex kicks his business into high gear. As word of his talent spreads like peanut butter, an unlikely windfall comes his way. Dex lands his own TV cooking show on the famous Eatz network! But just when he thinks he’s got his problems licked, Dex finds himself going head to head with a scheming, hard-boiled associate with a secret he has kept closely guarded. Dex learns that when your dreams are on the chopping block, finding the right ingredients is the best recipe for success.