Fundraising Time

Fall is when the United Way Toronto & York Region  Campaign kick starts and this year is no exception.  A small delegation of 7 Jericho staff and interns were lucky to go to the launch at RBC WaterPark Place in Toronto on September 13.  We got picked up by a coach bus at the 404 and Davis Drive park n’ drive in Newmarket and delivered safely at the event an hour later.united-way-campaign-launch-2016Like the cool t-shirts we had made?  It sure made us stand out and promote our town of Georgina!

Besides having some delicious food, getting inspired and doing some mingling and networking we also got to work on ideas for how to raise some funds for this awesome organization that we are part of as a partner agency for 20+ years.

First out will be our pre-teen dance at the Georgina Ice Palace Hall Friday September 30 from 7-10 pm.  It is for ages 9-13 and tickets can be purchased at Global Pets and Uptown Decor and Gifts in Keswick or at the Jericho office in Jackson’s Point beside De La Salle Park.  There may be some tickets left at the door if you are lucky but it is better to pre-buy for $10.

The following week we are partnering with Hopice Georgina and Georgina Food Pantry to run an Escape Room!  We tried this at the Georgina Gym at the Youth-a-Palooza event in June and it was a great success.  This is for older “kids”.  We will also have a bakesale at the event.

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Lastly we have our Haunted House at the Jericho/Gem Theatre on Saturday October 22 at 9:30 am.  Cost is $2 per person and besides the haunted house and a cool craft, the movie Monster House will be shown at 11 am.  There will also be a photo booth in the lobby where you can have your photo taken for $10.Haunted House 2016 October 22-2.jpg

We hope you can come out and support our efforts this year!

Georgina Supports United Way!

Great Reads for the Summer

Summer holidays are just around the corner and one of the best things about it is that there is lots of time to read awesome books. In your imagination you can travel to far away places, figure out strange mysteries and everyone knows that the books are always better than the movies!

We have compiled some great books that you can borrow from the library.

For ages 9-12 we picked these books with stories from around the world:

The Tiffin: A Novel by Mahtab Narsimhan

The Tiffin

The dabbawallas of Mumbai deliver lunches all over the city, and for every six million lunches sent, only one will fail to reach its destination. When a note placed in a tiffin (lunch box) is lost, young Kunal is separated from his birth mother and ends up living as a slave with his foster father. Vinayak, a kindly old dabbawalla, takes Kunal under his wing, helping the boy hatch a plan to reunite with his mother.

Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

Chinese Cinderella

A riveting memoir of a girl’s painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.
A Chinese proverb says, “Falling leaves return to their roots.” In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline’s affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for — the love and understanding of her family.

Somebody Else’s Summer by Jean H. Little

Somebody else's Summer

On a flight from Vancouver to Toronto, two girls meet, forming an unlikely friendship. Tall, athletic Samantha is going to spend the summer with a family friend while her father is in South America. Alexis, a shy girl who likes books, is being sent to a horse farm to learn how to ride while her mother and stepfather are travelling in Australia.
By the time their flight lands in Toronto, the girls have hatched their plots. They’re going to trade places for the summer. After all, the people they’re going to visit have never met them, and their parents are far away and hard to contact. But will they manage to pull it off? For how long? And with what consequences?

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery

Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim board the London Eye, but after half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off—except Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air? Ted and his older sister, Kat, become sleuthing partners, since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.

The Breadwinner Triology by Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner Triology

The three books in Deborah Ellis’s Breadwinner trilogy bound into one handsome volume Deborah Ellis’s novels The Breadwinner , Parvana’s Journey and Mud City have been a phenomenal success, touching the hearts of readers the world over. Here are the three books bound into one handsome volume — for readers new to Deborah Ellis and for those who would like a collector’s edition for their libraries.

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

A long walk to water

A Long Walk to Waterbegins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

Please let us know what you think of these books and thank you to Indigo/Chapters for providing the nice summaries for what these books are about.

Happy Reading!

End of the Year

End of the school year also means the end of our after school programs.During the last few weeks we did this:Seed planting May 2015

We planted some seeds in see-through plastic cups with water-soaked cotton balls.  The kids waited patiently for the sprouts to grow.  It did not take long!Pea Seed May 2015 A pea sprout.Yellow Bean Seed May 2015 A giant Yellow Bean Stalk – watch out!  And tiny radish sprouts besides it.

We went outside to playGoing Outside May 2015 and brought lots of equipmentOutsideEquipment May 2015It wasFunMay2015 When the weather wasn’t as nice we stayed inside and played Fruit & Veggie Twisterveggie & fruit twister May 2015 a card  game called “Racko”Playing Racko May 2015 and made beautiful accessories for our hair from tissue paper.Tissue Paper FlowersTissue Paper Flowers 2 We hope you have a happy and safe summer with lots of fun activities! We are looking forward to seeing you at one of our Summer Camp locations (Morning Glory PS – Pefferlaw, Sutton PS – Sutton or Jersey PS – Keswick) and that you will come back to our After School Program in September.  Registration for Summer Camp is open now and for all our other programs registration will start on Monday, August 3, 2015.

April’s Featured Program: Morning Glory PS After School Program

The After School Program at Morning Glory Public School runs Mondays to Fridays right after the school bell rings out for the day, until 5:15 pm.  Like our other after school programs, there is time for home work help, relaxing while playing board games or building with lego and doing some cool crafts or colouring before it is time for a healthy snack and outside or gym time.  In March and April staff and participants were busy doing these things:

We love to read at Morning Glory!

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We played checkers, played circle games, practiced cursive writing, did a lot of drawing and enjoyed finger puppets.

Checkers April 2015 Circle Game April 2015 Cursive Writing April 2015 Drawing April 2015 Finger Puppets April 2015

Here is a cool craft we made – a “stained glass” lantern:

Craft April 2015 3Craft Making April 2015Craft April 2015 2Craft April 2015We also played Uno, with cars & planes and built lego.

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When we do all these things we get very hungry and it is nice to have a yummy snack!

Snack March 2015During the Unplug and Play week we went outside and played and had some cool races.

Unplug & Play Outside Mar 2015 Unplug & Play Outside Mar 2015 2 Action Relay Race Mar 2015 2 Action Relay Race Mar 2015The Morning Glory After School Program is a great place to be at and we would like to thank the staff there who let have our own classroom.  Here we can display our artwork and keep all our equipment and supplies and just “hang out”.

If you would like to join our after school program or knows someone who would like to, please register on our website if it is full, please put your name on the wait list. Oh, and did we mention that our staff is awesome and the program is completely free thanks to funding from United Way of York Region and the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture?!

March Break Camp

After this long winter it is hard to believe that spring is almost here along with March Break!

This week we have a camp at the Gem Theatre in Keswick.  We will be doing lots of fun activities including outdoor games and walks.  Here is our schedule if you are interested in signing up.  It costs $25/day and you bring your own lunch and snacks. On-line registration is available at




It is cold out there which means that some days we may not be able to go outside and play. What do we do instead? We have some great crafts for our participants, because who loves the cold? Penguins!

This is an easy craft, which has been very popular on our Pinterest Board “Have to Make”

Bottle Penguins

All you need is:
* Scissors
* Empty water bottle
* Cotton balls
* Googly Eyes
* Orange felt for the beak
* Black construction paper for the feet, flippers and “head crown”
* Black feather for the head
* Glue to put it all together

We also know that Valentine’s day is coming up in a month and here is a cute Valentines Penguin:


It is even easier to create. You need scissors, glue, googly eyes and construction paper:


Happy Crafting!

New Program

It is a new year and with a new year comes a new program. If you are between the ages of 9-14 and is interested in learning more about photography you should sign up for our photography course at the Gem Theatre. It begins Tuesday, January 20th at 6:00 pm. You can register for this FREE course on our on-line website:
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New Logo!

We have been working diligently on creating a new Logo and the result can be viewed here in our Header. We felt that it was time for an update with the many transformations we have been going through these past 10 years or so. Changing a logo takes a lot more effort than you first think, it has to be appealing to the audience we are serving and tell something about our organization. We wanted it to be fun (jumpy people) and still keep some of our old logo (different colours). We hope you will like it and please send us some comments.

Halloween Haunt @ Gem Theatre

Grim ReaperLast Saturday Jericho staff and volunteers hosted a Haunted House at the Gem Theatre in Keswick and raised money for the United Way of York Region.  Many children and their families could be seen dressed up between 6:30 and 8:30 pm for a fun time. Who doesn’t like to be spooked a little?

Body partsFake body parts, glow-in-the-dark balloons and scary skeletons were some of the items used to decorate the haunted walk upstairs.

Skull & SpiderLanern & HandBut everything looks much scarier when the lights are turned down…

witch faceskeleton in a cageThis fellow usually lives in the basement at our office…

skeleton in a cage 2Great job everyone hope to see you again next year!

staff & volunteere at haunted houseHave a Safe and Happy Halloween!