Phelps Helps in new lo­cale

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Phelps Aide Phelps Helps, the after school tu­tor­ing pro­gram lo­cated in Stanstead and now in its fifth year, has moved its high school pro­gram to a new lo­ca­tion. After four years in the Stanstead Re­cre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre on Phelps Street, it will now be even more con­ve­niently lo­cated in the ‘cor­ner gallery’ build­ing at the cor­ner of Duf­ferin and Notre-Dame Streets. “We have given Phelps Helps a lease with free rent for five years. It’s a great pro­gram and we be­lieve ed­u­ca­tion is so im­por­tant. We also think that hav­ing them in the build­ing will en­hance the Rock Is­land sec­tor,” said the owner of the build­ing, Gabriel Safdie.

The high school after school pro­gram will of­fi­cially be­gin on Septem­ber 13th and will run, like last year, on Tues­days

and Thurs­days, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. “We’re grate­ful to have been able to share the town’s com­mu­nity cen­ter, but this build­ing will be solely ours and we’ll have it de­signed to meet the needs of the pro­gram. The bus from Alexan­der Galt stops right there and the vis­i­bil­ity that we have at the cor­ner is fan­tas­tic,” ex­plained Katie Lowry, the Pro­gram Di­rec­tor. “Par­ents and kids go­ing by can see the stu­dents do­ing their home­work through the win­dows. There are a lot of great kids putting in the ef­fort and now peo­ple can see what they’re do­ing.”

Be­sides a nicely fin­ished and spa­cious in­te­rior, the build­ing comes with a full kitchen which will be help­ful for the ‘healthy eat­ing’ side of the pro­gram. “We have a part­ner­ship with the lo­cal gro­cery store and we get free pro­duce to pre­pare healthy snacks with the stu­dents when they ar­rive,” said Ms. Lowry. The kitchen will also be used a lot dur­ing the pro­gram’s new sum­mer pro­gram. “We teach every­day cook­ing les­sons in the sum­mer pro­gram. We had six­teen stu­dents from grades three to seven and four camp coun­selors, lo­cal high school stu­dents,” Ms. Lowry ex­plained. One of the many ac­tiv­i­ties the stu­dents took part in dur­ing the five day camp which had a sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing theme was the build­ing of bal­loon-pow­ered cars.

“We’ll now have of­fice space, a real base where stu­dents who have grad­u­ated can come back and get help if they need it.” For­mer stu­dents in the pro­gram can get help fill­ing out doc­u­ments for school regis­tra­tion, stu­dent loans, even job ap­pli­ca­tions. “We want to be able to sup­port the stu­dents all the way through,” said the Pro­gram Di­rec­tor.

An­other new pro­gram of­fered by Phelps Aide Phelps Helps is the Men­tor­ing Pro­gram, started last year. High School stu­dents are trained as men­tors for grade 5/6 stu­dents to help ease the tran­si­tion from el­e­men­tary school to high school. The stu­dents and men­tors pair up to do ac­tiv­i­ties, some­times vis­it­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to­gether, ty­ing in agri­cul­ture as well. “This pro­gram also pro­vides lead­er­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for the older stu­dents from Stanstead.”

The after school el­e­men­tary pro­grams, the ac­tiv­ity-based learn­ing pro­gram and the home­work pro­gram, take place at Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary, Tues­days and Thurs­days, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm.

“We are al­ways look­ing for vol­un­teers to tu­tor our high school or el­e­men­tary school stu­dents. We have many stu­dents from Bishop’s tu­tor­ing but we’d like to find more com­mu­nity mem­bers to tu­tor. You don’t need to be a teacher to tu­tor, just some­one who can have a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence,” con­cluded Ms. Lowry.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­grams or vol­un­teer­ing, call Katie Lowry at 819 704-0799 or visit the Phelps Helps Face­book page, or Phelp­shelps.ca.

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The Phelps Aide Phelps Helps pro­gram, seen here at their for­mer lo­ca­tion at the Stanstead Re­cre­ation and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, has moved to the ‘cor­ner gallery’ build­ing.

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