Online classroom provides Oakville students with free new interactive videos and programs
Published January 11, 2022 at 10:40 am
The Oakville Community Foundation’s (OCF) Community Classroom Online is kicking off this year with a free viewing of Visions of Turtle Island on Wednesday (Jan. 12).
The first live-streamed event of 2022 will begin at 1 p.m. and is available to both elementary and secondary students.
This Multimedia show includes live singing and highlights First Nation dancing in Powwow & Haudenosaunee styles, ending with the ever popular Hoop Dance.
The OCF’s Community Classroom Online features new interactive videos for elementary and secondary students plus NEW live-streamed events.
The goal is to ensure students continue to have access to local arts, culture, heritage and environmental programming free of charge during a time of remote learning.
“Community Classroom is important to community well-being,” said Director of Fundholder and Community Engagement Frances Pace. “Community Classroom supports many organizations that have been negatively impacted by lockdowns and continues to be a platform that is accessible to everyone via videos and activities for students free of charge.
“Many thanks to the continued support of our donors and sponsors.”
Other upcoming Community Classroom Online live-streams include a pair of events with Susan Aglukark on February 9 and 10 as well as specialized video programming for Black History Month and Chinese New Year.
New videos are provided by local community partners; ArtHouse, Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, Crash Rhythm, Art from the Heart, Elder Peter Schuler, Halton Environmental Network, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Oakville Galleries, Oakvillegreen, Oakville Museum, Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association and Oakville Symphony.
Community Classroom programming is delivered by Oakville and Halton based organizations, and in cooperation with both the Halton District and Halton Catholic school boards.
More than a dozen community partners have provided over 50 videos to supplement learning for students while exposing them to the work of these community organizations.
Beginning in 2018, Community Classroom was developed to tackle the issue of “No Child Left Behind” in Oakville, addressing the unequal access to community programs that exists for local families. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was delivered in classrooms for students in Kindergarten through Grade 4 and off-site in the community in Grade 5 through Grade 8.
In April of 2020, The Foundation pivoted to online for local classrooms to continue learning through recorded videos and activities.
Its goal is to ensure this program is always available as a valued, and important element of community well-being.
The Foundation has set up a fund to ensure that the 20,000+ students in publicly funded elementary schools will always have access to this important program.
If you are interested in supporting Community Classroom you can donate through www.theocf.org.
Community Classroom Online can be accessed at https://www.theocf.org/initiative/community-classroom-online/.
To receive your link to Wednesday’s performance of Visions of Turtle Island, call the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts box office at 905-815-2021 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. or send an email to [email protected].
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