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  • March 01, 2017

Supporting Kingston and the Islands’ Parents to Get Involved In Education

Enabling Student Achievement and Well-Being

Ontario is making it easier for more parents in Kingston and the Islands to take part in their children’s learning and well-being inside and outside the classroom, with funding for thousands of local projects across the province.

Applications are now open for Parents Reaching Out Grants for the 2017-18 school year, and will be accepted until May 25, 2017. Grants are available to school councils, Parent Involvement Committees, and not-for-profit organizations working with parents. 

Last year, 21 local projects were funded in Kingston and the Islands, including:



Ecole secondaire publique Mille-Iles

Communiquer avec les adolescents


ÉEP Madeleine-de-Roybon


Atelier sur la santé mentale

ÉS C Marie-Rivier

Les compétences du 21e  siècle

Archbishop O'Sullivan Catholic S

Supporting Young People in Making Healthy Choices

Holy Family Catholic S*

Parent Engagement Through Literacy and Numeracy

St Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic S

Supporting Teens in Making Healthy Choices

St Martha Catholic S

Successful Learning Styles for Everyone

St Patrick Catholic School

Parent Engagement Through Literacy and Numeracy

St Peter Catholic School

Parent Engagement Through Literacy and Numeracy

St Thomas More Catholic S

Raising Healthy, Happy and Resilient Kids!

Bayridge PS

Interactive Math Learning Event

Calvin Park PS

Helping with Intermediate Math at Home

Cataraqui Woods E S*

Mental Health Awareness Workshops

Collins Bay PS

Interactive Family Math Night

Elginburg PS

Family Math Evening

Frontenac SS

Supporting Student Education Planning to Employment

Lancaster Drive PS

Mental Health and Wellness

Loyalist C & VI

Welcoming Parents

Module de l'Acadie

Raising Middle School Kids In A New Kind of World

Module Vanier

Teens in the Digital Age

W.J. Holsgrove PS

Math Event

Helping parents take an active role in their children’s education is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. 


“Parents Reaching Out Grants are a great way for parents in Kingston and the Islands to help each other become more engaged in their children’s education. We are proud of our community, and I’m pleased to see that these grants are helping so many of our families.”
— Sophie Kiwala, MPP for Kingston and the Islands 

“Parents take on many roles — whether it’s helping with math homework, encouraging kids to pick up a book and read, or worrying about online safety. The Parents Reaching Out Grants are supporting projects across the province that assist parents tackle these everyday challenges and get more involved in their child’s learning."
— Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education


  • This school year, more than 2,200 projects across all 72 school boards are helping parents find local solutions and hands-on opportunities to support their children’s achievement and well-being.
  • Since 2006, the government has awarded more than 19,500 PRO grants to school councils and 799 regional/provincial grants — a total investment of nearly $31 million to help increase parent involvement in publicly funded education.
  • Studies show that when parents are engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, have better behavior and social skills, and continue their education at a higher level. 



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