Tutoring and bursaries
Share the Warmth offers tutoring sessions for Grade 5 and 6 students from all three Point Saint-Charles elementary schools.
The Road to Success
Early Intervention for At-Risk Students
Share the Warmth’s Tutoring & Bursary program was developed in 2015 in response to the high dropout rate in Point Saint-Charles (one of the highest in the province). After consulting school administration, educational experts, and teachers, we realized that earlier intervention would contribute to better results. We therefore concentrated our efforts during the pilot year on tutoring children in grade 6 who had academic averages lower than 74%. Research shows that grades typically drop by 10% when students transition from elementary to high school, which can lead to discouragement and eventual drop out.
The main objectives of the program are:
- Prevent high school dropout by supporting students in the critical transition years before high school. Point Saint-Charles has one of the highest dropout rates in Montreal at over 40%
- Improve academic performance.
- Reduce students’ isolation.
Attendance in all three schools is 90% and higher!
Through this program, we hope to ease the children’s academic and social transition to high school, while providing bursaries (of up to $200) based on each student’s attendance. We feel that the bursary is definitely a motivation for students. It allows many to go to summer camp, to buy clothing, school supplies or just do something fun. It is a way to reward students for their hard work and is a help for families experiencing financial difficulties
Share the Warmth’s Post-Secondary Scholarship provides financial assistance to CEGEP or trade school students. The scholarship is awarded to students from the community and is based on merit and financial need. Two new students were awarded the scholarship for September 2019.