When social distancing came into effect, many in the Peterborough and surrounding community were faced with the challenges of helping their children learn while at home. In response, faculty members in the School of Education came together to create an online resource list of high quality activities and sources. The School of Education was also concerned about those families and children who may not have much access to the technology needed for online learning. Long-time faculty member and Peterborough area resident, Bente Graham initiated a drive to get physical learning materials into the hands of families needing that support, in partnership with Kawartha Food Share.
“I believe that donations of toys, activities, games and books help promote the well-being of children and their families in local communities”, explains Ms. Graham. “Children can escape from some of the stress and anxiety associated with these challenging times, as they use their imagination and creativity while learning through play. New toys and games provide opportunities for families to connect and have fun while playing and exploring them together.”
As faculty, staff and teacher candidates in the School of Education feel the impacts of not being able to support learners face-to-face in the classroom, building partnerships with local charities such as Kawartha Food Share, is just one way to help support those in need, but also can serve as a catalyst for others to make contributions.
“Working with Kawartha Food Share is a great way to get educational materials out to children in the Peterborough region”, says dean of education, teaching and learning, Dr. Cathy Bruce. “As food is prepared for distribution, it can be bundled with the games, books and activities. This is an important form of outreach for under-resourced families in our community.”