For another year, the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto ran its March Break Skate Program, funded through the Children’s Aid Foundation. Offered to families, who are supported through the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and unable to register their children in other events during the break, the program provides much-needed relief and respite to parents and families during what can be a very stressful time.
Serving approximately 35-40 youth and family members per day, many of whom have very limited skating abilities, most participants (aged 4-17) arrived early, eager to get out on the ice. Through this program, children, youth, and families had the opportunity to develop build bonds and escape daily stresses, through the many games and activities that were designed to achieve this. The daily schedule consisted of free skates, coach-led initiatives, lunch, and, on the final day, speeches and a thank you ceremony celebrating the week-long event. Youth received medals for participation, which many of them took great pride in earning and will wear for several days after the event.
“I wasn’t sure what I was doing this year for the kids. Thanks to this program I was able to provide the kids with an exciting March Break”