Rais­ing the Grade

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - LYNN CUR­WIN TRURO NEWS lynn.cur­win@truro­daily.com @truro­daily

TRURO, N.S. – Jack McQuaid and Owen Carr have not only im­proved their grades, they’ve had fun do­ing it.

The 14-year-old Truro Ju­nior High stu­dents take part in a pro­gram called Raise the Grade, run by the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colch­ester and sup­ported by RBC Fu­ture Launch.

“I get help with home­work here,” said Jack. “I’m not re­ally good at math but my mark went from 60 to 70.

“This is a great place to be and there are a lot of great op­por­tu­ni­ties with this pro­gram.”

One rea­son he signed up was, when he was younger, he no­ticed his sis­ter hav­ing a lot of fun in the pro­gram. To­day, Lau­ren Mcquaid is a staff mem­ber with the Boys and Girls Club and man­ages the pro­gram.

“We offer home­work sup­port, and help kids with de­ci­sions about their fu­ture,” she said. “They learn about things like bank ac­counts, stu­dent loans and credit cards. If I can’t help them with some­thing, I find some­one who can.

“We also pro­vide snacks, ac­cess to a tech­ni­cal cen­tre, and free print­ing.”

When she was a stu­dent in the pro­gram she took part in a trip to Ot­tawa and met Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau.

Owen’s grades have im­proved since he got in­volved in the pro­gram.

“I’m also get­ting help fig­ur­ing out what I want to do,” he said. “I’m think­ing about RCMP or busi­ness man­age­ment.

“The pro­gram is fun, too. We start off with games and talk about in­ter­est­ing top­ics.”

His younger brother is in the Ju­nior Raise the Grade pro­gram.

Jack is also con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in the RCMP.

“I think a lot of the in­for­ma­tion from this pro­gram will help us what­ever we do,” he said. “One of the things I learned is how ex­pen­sive the real world is.”

Raise the Grade is for any­one aged 14 to 18.

“A lot of peo­ple think the Boys and Girls Club is just for younger kids, but it’s a place for all kids to feel they be­long,” added Lau­ren. “Our youth pro­gram is called A Place to Be­long.”

LYNN CUR­WIN/TRURO NEWS

Jack Mcquaid, left, and Owen Carr are two of the young peo­ple who’ve ben­e­fit­ted from the Raise the Grade pro­gram. Not only have their grades im­proved, but they’ve learned things about bank ac­counts, credit cards and other fi­nan­cial ar­eas of life.

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