St. Charles Garnier School - Ontario, North York

GoodLife Kids Foundation is supporting St. Charles Garnier’s Basketball Program. This is an elementary school that houses 420 students in grades one – eight, in North York ON. Many of the youth that attend the school were getting into fights, were defiant and demonstrated anger and a lack of respect towards their teachers. Some were even involved with gangs outside of school. Basketball is used as a key vehicle to keep kids out of trouble and set them on a lifelong track to success. The Basketball Program thus far has been successful in minimizing the number of behavioural issues and promoted attendance, increased engagement in the classrooms and improved the physical fitness of students. The funding will provide a proper basketball court that is both fun and safe, encouraging students to continue down their current path of success.

This grant was made possible through fundraising efforts of the GoodLife Fitness North York Willowdale club.

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