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Cursive Spotlight: Day Ja View – Keeping Yourself and Your Kids Organized This School Year

 

Check out Joanne Sallay’s latest #TeachMeTuesday post on Village Living Magazine, where she talks about Day Ja View, a new kind of family calendar developed by Sharon Neiss Arbess, a mother of three children and a “momproneur”.

 

Now that school is back in full swing, so are extracurricular activities, tutoring, play dates and appointments. Day Ja View is a family calendar to help busy parents and their kids stay on the same page and keep organized with all activities that are going on. This unique planning tool allows children to be part of the organizing process and become familiar with their weekly routines, while at the same time learning organizational skills that will help them going forward.

 

Day Ja View was developed in partnership with the creators of the Time of Day Calendar for adults. While it resembles a regular calendar at first, there is a clear plastic sheet that is placed on top of the calendar each month. It is decorated with adorable stickers to indicate what type of activity is going to happen and when.

 

Joanne Sallay sat down with Sharon to learn more about her calendar and the inspiration behind it. To read her answers and learn more about Day Ja View, visit Village Living Magazine.

 

 

 

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Cursive Spotlight: The Corsage Project. Attending prom is an important milestone for young men and women, but some do not have the opportunity to celebrate it. That is where The Corsage Project comes in. In partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, The Corsage Project is a non-profit program in Toronto that helps high school students in financial need attend prom.

 

The Corsage Project began with Carole Atkins and Rhona Sallay, who worked with at-risk and special-needs youth throughout their careers in high schools in Toronto. They witnessed firsthand that prom, a simple celebration of an important milestone, has evolved into a costly event that placed unnecessary financial pressure on students, many of whom were working part-time jobs to help support their families. For these students, the cost of attending their own prom was simply too expensive. Carole and Rhona decided that no student should be denied the opportunity to celebrate the achievement of graduating from high school because of the cost. They were determined to even the playing field and created Corsage in 2000. Created in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation, Corsage provided young women with a new dress, accessories, and a mini-makeover for their prom, all free of charge. In 2010, the program expanded to provide formal wear for young men as well.

 

Corsage is dedicated to ensuring that they give an authentic prom experience to those students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate with their peers due to the high cost of formal wear. Corsage also has a scholarship program that helps high school graduates in Toronto achieve their post-secondary goals. Participants for the program are identified through confidential referrals from school guidance counselors, teachers, community social workers, and the Children’s Aid Society.

 

For more information, please visit: http://corsageproject.ca/

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Earlier this month, the Children’s Aid Foundation held their annual Recognition Night. Over the course of the evening, several scholarships were given out to Toronto-area kids who need it most. Thanks to the generosity of outstanding volunteers and donors, The Corsage Project was able to contribute significantly to enriching the lives of some very worthy high-school grads.

 

To see more photos and videos from the event, visit the CAFDN website. Click here to read a moving piece written by Kristy Graves, a member of the CAFDN Young People’s Advisory Council and a featured speaker on the night.

 

Thank you to everyone for your fantastic support!

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