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  • September 17, 2015

Markham-Unionville Parents Getting Involved in Their School Community

Ontario Encouraging More Parent Involvement, Investing in Student Success

MPP Michael Chan is pleased to announce that Ontario is helping more parents in Markham-Unionville get involved in their children’s education and school community.

This year, the province is providing Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grants to twenty-eight Markham-Unionville school councils to help more parents connect and engage with their children’s learning.  The grants will support projects that help parents respond to important issues in their local communities such as bullying, student nutrition, literacy and math.  They also help address barriers parents may face to participate in their child’s education, such as language and transportation.

“This year marks another increase in the number of approved PRO grants in our community.  They are valuable investments, facilitating more parent-engagement activities that focus on important issues and supporting overall student success.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

Examples of local projects in Markham-Unionville include:

  • “Mental Wellness and Communicating With Your Child” at Sir Richard W. Scott Catholic Elementary School
  • “After School Literacy Through Technology Program” at Aldergrove Public School
  • “Parent Engagement Symposium” at Markville Secondary School

A full list of PRO school projects in Markham-Unionville is attached.

Involving parents in their children’s education is part of Ontario's four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

“Parents play a vital role in our province’s publicly funded education system — and we know that the more involved they are in their children’s education, the better. These children show higher levels of achievement, which is a key goal of our renewed vision for education in Ontario.”
— Liz Sandals, Minister of Education


  • Studies show that when parents are more engaged in their children’s education, students are more likely to earn higher grades, develop better behaviour and social skills, and achieve higher levels of education.
  • Since 2006, Ontario has provided more than 17,000 PRO grants to school councils and 684 regional/provincial grants – a total investment of more than $27.5 million.
  • Ontario’s elementary students continue to improve their results, with 72 per cent of Grade 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math.


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