After 22 years of offering the Kids on the Block program at elementary schools, community organizations and events, we are sad to announce that we are closing the program.
This year, we conducted a thorough program evaluation in which we heard from teachers, principles, school mental health leads and our community partners. The feedback we received was extremely positive and strongly suggested that we update and expand the program. From this, we developed a restructuring proposal and applied for two community foundation grants with the hopes that we could do just that.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are unable to undertake this project. We have thus decided to close the program and channel our resources, including the funds raised from the upcoming Dirty Enduro and the Roger Hardy QCR Golf Tournament, into other programs and projects supporting the mental health of youth in our community.
We would like to express our gratitude for the ongoing support of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, the Peterborough, Victoria, Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board, private schools and community organizations for their ongoing and enthusiastic support.
We would also like to thank our many and generous sponsors over the years. We couldn’t have offered this program and enhanced the lives of so many children if it wasn’t for the Bell Community Foundation, Team 55, The Peterborough Petes Hockey Club, CrimeStoppers, The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, RBC Children’s Mental Health Project, The City of Peterborough Community Grant, the Healthy Communities Fund, The Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Russelle Family Golf Tournament, Quality Construction and Renovations/QCR Homes Inc., Tim Hortons, Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario, the Lions Club, The Kiwanis Club, the Rotary Club, Epilepsy Peterborough, The Anglican Church Women, Hiawatha First Nation, the Kinnette Club, The Lioness Club, the Knights of Columbus, The Optimist Club, Sisters of St. Joseph, F.K. Morrow Foundation, the Ontario Governement’s Communities in Action grant, and the Peterborough Foundation, among others.
A very very special thank you to the talented puppeteers, volunteers and program coordinators over the years who made this program come alive and who enhanced the lives of so many children. You put your hearts and souls into this program, and it is with great joy that we honour you.
And, above all, thank you to the children. You were the reason why this program was so successful and the reason why we continued to offer it for so many years. You are the shining stars. Thank you.