A newcomer to Canada from his native Ukraine, young Andrii was understandably bewildered when he started classes at Blacks Harbour School last fall.
Faced with living a whole new life in a new land, he struggled to understand English and to speak it. He was reluctant to interact with classmates.
But then he joined the after-school program, which – along with the school’s “summer slide” program – offers a wide range of enriching activities aimed at enhancing literacy and numeracy, storytelling and decision-making abilities, among others.
The activities also encourage exploration of new hobbies and skills, such as knitting, sewing, and art. The focus goes beyond academics through teaching practical real-world skills such as cooking, goal setting, teamwork, self-esteem and building friendships.
The programs aim to nurture well-rounded kids prepared for life’s challenges.
Andrii embraced the after-school program and flourished.
He’s much more confident, engaging with other students and continually sharing his thoughts and ideas.
“We are thrilled to witness his growth and enthusiasm,” says Rebecca Allen, Community Schools Coordinator at Blacks Harbour.
“Andrii’s story is a testament to the power of our programs in providing a supportive environment for students to thrive and find their voice.”