Sunday, 16 June 2013

First Annual Walk of Excellence to York University. Three Jane/Finch high schools.

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IT WASN'T TOO HOT, THE PARADE ROUTE WASN'T TOO LONG AND THE STUDENTS' SPIRITS WERE SOOO HIGH!

Students party at York University following the parade (middle)

Organizer Itah Sadu (Educational Attainment West) presents awards!



On Friday morning 300 grade 12 students, with the help of the Educational Attainment West group and a number of other associations and institutes, ended their high school "careers" by walking up the road to York University to begin the next stage of their lives. Graduating students from three Jane/Finch Toronto high schools took part in the first annual Walk of Excellence, with parents and community groups watching on!

Teens graduating from C. W. Jeffreys, Westview Centennial and Downsview Secondary Schools took part in a gymnasium ceremony at the C.W. Jeffreys school and then paraded 1km up 
Sentinel Road to York. Once at the University, the students were introduced to some of the professors and staff of the university and then had a 90 minute on-campus party and award ceremony.

Sponsored by Toronto's Educational Attainment West, PEACH (Promoting Education and Community Help), The York Centre For Education and Community, York University and the Toronto District School Board, this first annual parade celebrated the rite of passage from high school to post secondary education for local youth. 

 
The Caribbean Carnival volunteer marshals pictured in the Jeffreys parking lot

A group of Caribbean Carnival Parade Marshals volunteered their help and worked with Toronto to police to guide the 300 students along this road march to higher education!

Read Toronto Star's Royson James column about the Walk Of Excellence.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/06/14/walk_with_excellence_redefines_graduation_at_janefinch_james.html

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