Growing Together is a new initiative in partnership with Koomseh, a transition housing branch of Atira Women’s Resource Society. Atira is dedicated to supporting women and children affected by violence by offering safe and supportive housing and delivering education aimed at ending all forms of gendered violence.
The aim of Growing Together is to engage kids aged 3–12 in social and emotional learning through fun and inclusive literacy, numeracy, science, and nature-focused activities, often outside in the garden. While growing food together, the kids grow together as learners!
A volunteer explains, “One participant in Growing Together spent the session with her head down on her knees outside of the group, and didn’t want to participate. At the end of the program, we offered her first pick from the books we brought that day. We didn’t expect a response at all, but instead she completely lit up, immediately picked a book, and said, “Oh, cool book, can I take it home? I promise I’ll bring it back next week to share!”