BLAST Creates Community and Connections

COVID-19’s lockdowns left many children in isolation, feeling lonely, and in dire need of connection and community. A recent study from SickKids reported the worrying link between the pandemic and kids’ mental health decline in these tough times. Thankfully, through our unique BLAST after-school virtual programs, Moorelands Kids was able to combat loneliness with a […]

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COVID-19 and the Impact on Education

By Aly Tomas, volunteer This past year has been challenging for everyone. Working from home and transitioning to online learning has had a real impact, specifically on children’s education. We wanted to take a look at COVID-19’s Impact on Education. It is well known that there are existing gaps in the education system even before […]

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Stay Home & Stay Creative

Right now, as much as possible, it’s important to stay home,  stay safe, and save lives.  But we all know, staying home can be a bit boring! Don’t worry, Moorelands Kids is here to help! Below you’ll find lots of videos and resources to help you stay creative at home – most of the materials […]

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Online Programs Help Kids Overcome

Since March 30, 2020, Moorelands Kids has been offering online programs to our kids. We asked our kids how our programs helped them overcome the challenges of the pandemic and here’s what they had to say. How online programs help kids “The pandemic’s changed the way I go to school and means I have to […]

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2020 in Review

Taking a look back at all we achieved together in the strange year that was 2020… “Typically a child’s world is very small, but even they know that the world is an uncertain place;” These true, even prescient words from our Executive Director started her letter to you in our last Stakeholders’ Impact Report.  And […]

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Stay Active at Home!

Right now, as much as possible, it’s important to stay home,  stay safe, and save lives.  Staying active when you’re stuck at home can be tricky but Moorelands Kids is here to help! Below you’ll find lots of videos and resources to help you stay active at home with very little equipment needed. We’re encouraging […]

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Farid’s Story

Farid, aged 8, loves Moorelands Kids’ BLAST after-school program! He’s been attending since Grade 1 and according to his mom, Zahab, BLAST has become a pretty big part of his world: “Farid loves being a part of Moorelands! He loves all his friends and the warm and encouraging environment. He is so full of energy […]

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Thank you for sending camp to kids!

It’s been a wildly different summer for all of us.  THANK YOU for standing by our kids during this challenging time. As part of the Send a Kid to Camp (SAK) campaign this year, our growing group of amazing fundraisers wrote letters, sent emails and even held an amazing virtual campfire to raise money to […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic to have unprecedented impact on kids

This headline, taken from a recent United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) publication highlights the way school closures, control measures, inaccessibility of traditional avenues of support, loss of recreational opportunities and reduction of family income all affect the physical and mental health of children – both their learning and education experience and their childhood development. Moorelands […]

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The Palmer Family and the Impact of Online Programs!

“What Moorelands Kids’ online programs provide is the opportunity to increase emotional fortitude…” Ingrid Palmer, Moorelands Camp alum and camper parent. Today, Ingrid Palmer is a social advocate who makes use of her lived experiences, including being a Crown Ward and legally blind, to build awareness and promote the need for community programs.  But back […]

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After-school Programs Online This Fall!

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Moorelands Kids’ after-school programs will run online this fall. The health and safety of our kids and staff is paramount. After discussions with our school partners and reaching out to parents to learn about their needs, it was clear that online programs were the best way to keep kids resilient […]

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Tips for Stage 3 of COVID-19

BY VODA, SUMMER STAFF At the time of writing, the province of Ontario has officially eased into recovery or Stage 3 of COVID-19, and shortly kids are going back to school. With that being said, here are some tips to keep in mind while you reconnect at a distance! After almost half a year of […]

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