Weekly Programs




All current opportunities for Community Service will be posted here.  Please review the program, and fill out an application form here.  

2013-2014 Community Service Application Form

Paper application forms are also available at Robby's desk. 


Grade 7 Reading Buddies

WHO: All Grade 7 students
WHAT: Participation in a weekly community service program in grade 7 is required by all students. Through a partnership with Nelson Mandela Junior Public School in the Regent Park community, Grade 7 students will be paired with grade 1 and 2 students to read books, complete literacy activities, and develop friendships. Student connect these experiences to learning integrated in the classroom, studying social, economic, and historical issues in various communities in Toronto.
WHEN: Every Wednesday morning -- bus departs at 8:10am, returns to Greenwood before 9:55am.  

Grade 8 Reading Buddies

WHO: All Grade 8 students
WHAT: Participation in a weekly community service program in grade 8 is required by all students. Through a partnership with Lord Dufferin Public School in the Regent Park community, Grade 8 students will be paired with grade 1 and 2 students to read books, complete literacy activities, and develop friendships. Student connect these experiences to learning integrated in the classroom, studying social, economic, and historical issues in various communities in Toronto.
WHEN: Every Wednesday morning -- bus departs at 8:10am, returns to Greenwood before 9:55am.  

Grade 9 to 12 Program


Community service in these grades is voluntary and for many students at Greenwood becomes a part of who they are. Students in the upper grades get involved in a number of programs that are offered both on Wednesday mornings and before or after school.


Claremont Retirement Home
WHO: Approximately 12 students
WHAT: students meet with seniors for a cup of tea, a snack, a game and a chat.
WHEN: One day per week from 3:45pm-5pm

Hockey HEROS
WHO: This program is open to Grade 10-12 students
WHAT: The Toronto Program supports young people from the ages of 8-14 from Regent Park Duke of York School, Sprucecourt School and Rose Avenue Public School. The H.E.R.O.S. Mission is to use the game of hockey to attract youth to a program that offers support for education, building self-esteem and life-skills training. Greenwood students act as mentors, leaders and a hockey instructors.   
WHEN: Mondays afterschool
To apply to this program, please speak to Ms. Lucas directly. 

Bayview Buddies (Bayview Elementary School)
WHO: This program is open to eight Grade 9-12 students
WHAT: Students work with children who have autism and assist their classroom teacher.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings -- depart Greenwood at 8am, return by 9:55am

Nelson Mandela Clubs
WHO: This program is open to Grade 9-12 students
WHAT: students travel to this school in Regent Park and run a weekly clubs program for students in grades 4-6. Greenwood students develop and implement a curriculum of activities such as guitar, computers, ceramics, improv, sports and baking. This program is led by senior students and is almost entirely student-run.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings -- depart Greenwood at 8am, return by 9:55am

Maurice Cody Public Schol
WHO: This program is open to Grade 9-12 students
WHAT: students walk to Maurice Cody and volunteer as a teacher's assistant in a classroom (JK-6), helping students with their school work and playing games.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings -- walk to Maurice Cody by 8:45am return to Greenwood at 9:30am

Davisville Public Schol
WHO: This program is open to Grade 9-12 students
WHAT: students walk to Davisville and volunteer as a teacher's assistant in a classroom (JK-6), helping students with their school work and playing games.

WHEN: Wednesday mornings -- walk to Davisville by 8:45am return to Greenwood at 9:30am

Sprucecourt Public School & Right to Play
WHO: This program is open to Grade 11-12 students
WHAT: Students travel to Sprucecourt Public School, in the Regent Park area to run a weekly before-school sports program. Through a partnership with the non-profit Right to Play, students receive leadership training and connect to Right to Play’s larger mission to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings -- Meet at Sprucecourt at 7:45am (own transportation required), return by 9:00am

Sprucecourt Public School Breakfast Program
WHO: This program is open to Grade 11-12 students
WHAT: Students travel to Sprucecourt Public School, in the Regent Park area to run a weekly before-school breakfast program. Students will work with parent volunteers and teachers to coordinate a weekly menu, make food, and serve food to the children.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings -- Meet at Sprucecourt at 7:45am (own transportation required), return by 9:00am

Youth Without Shelter
WHO: This program is open to Grade 9-12 students 
WHAT: Students meet at Greenwood every Wednesday morning and make 50 brown-bag lunches for this homeless youth shelter in Etobicoke. Through a series of workshops tied to the program, students gain an understanding of issues that homeless youth face on a daily basis.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30am

Camp Crafts for Oochigeas
WHO: This program is open to Grade 9-12 students
WHAT: This program is run through Sick Kids Hospital. Students prepare crafts, paintings and wall murals which are taken to the hospital for the enjoyment of long-term or chronic care patients at Sick Kids.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30am at Greenwood

Little Tots’ Manor
WHO: This program is open to Grade 9-12 students
WHAT: students assist the daycare staff and interact with the preschool children.
WHEN: Wednesday mornings from 8:30am - 9:45am

Essex Buddies
WHO: This program is open to Grade 10-12 students
WHAT: Students work with children who have autism and assist their classroom teacher at Essex Public School (Christie and Bloor).
WHEN: Wednesday mornings from 8:30am - 9:45am.  

SAINTS
WHO: This program is open to Grade 9-12 students
WHAT: Students assist senior citizens in North Toronto by completing yard work, household chores, shoveling snow, etc.
WHEN: Times are arranged on an individual basis through the SAINTS office.

Woburn TRAILS Program
WHO: 4 grade 10-11 students and 4 grade 11-12 students
WHAT:Students act as leaders in an outdoor education program with students from Woburn Junior Public School, in partnership with the Stephen Leacock Foundation and Trails Youth Initiatives. The group makes three trips to the Trails Outdoor Education Centre in Newmarket to learn about nature in three seasons. Greenwood students help to lead activities at Trails and then make follow up visits to Woburn to help students debrief their experience.
WHEN: Some Wednesday mornings, and three full days throughout the year
** Note - students have already been selected for this program.

Best Buddies
WHO: Students who took part in the program last year. There may be opportunities to join the program as the year progresses, but at the moment there are no spaces available. 
WHAT: Best Buddies Canada is a national non-profit organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities gain valuable life experiences, leadership skills, and above all establish new friendships. Greenwood students are partnered with students from Kohai Education Centre and spend quality time together playing games and building friendships.
WHEN: Various days after school throughout the year

Student Initiatives:Each year, students at Greenwood take the initiative to organize many events and activities that benefit various charities around the city and internationally. To get started, students present their ideas to the Community Service Committee, a student committee that helps to coordinate service project in the school.  If you have an idea for a fundraiser, please download the application form and submit it to Ms. McBeth or Nicole Toole.


Last year, these student-led initiatives raised more than $35,000 for various charities, collected hundreds of DVD’s for children at Sick Kids Hospital, gathered thousands of dollars in TTC tokens to help homeless youth, collected hundreds of items of non-perishable food items for One X One, and gathered formal wear to help other students in Toronto attend prom.