Lawrence Heights Middle School, Ontario- Toronto
GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting Lawrence Heights Middle School’s Lunch Time Basketball Program.
Lawrence Heights is located in a Toronto community that is noted for high levels of poverty and violence. Lunch Time Basketball provides students in grades 6-8 with a supervised and caring program that will help lead them to success. Participating students learn basketball drills, skills and play in scrimmages based on ability level. Students who participate in the program are selected to play on the school’s boys, girls and co-ed basketball teams.
Lunch Time Basketball is a safe place for students of all ability levels to play. This creates social bonds with students from different grade levels and has changed the school culture. The school has also found positive change in behavioural challenges students previously exhibited when returning to school in the afternoon.