The Queen’s Alma Mater Society (student government) recently made
a generous contribution to the Helen Tufts Tutorial Friendship Program.
Accepting the cheque from Tristan Lee, AMS Vice-President (Operations),
are volunteer Queen’s students (left to right) Tori Dale, Annie Peng,
Elaine Choi, Theresa Mecozzi, and Jay Feniak, and Program Co-ordinator
Rosalind Malcolm (centre).
The Helen Tufts Child Outreach Program is a joint community
outreach project of Sydenham Street United and First Baptist churches,
which offers academic help and companionship to children from
disadvantaged Kingston families. Each of the 50-60 children is matched
with a volunteer Queen’s student for one evening a week. Much of the
time is spent working on reading skills or basic arithmetic, but the
emphasis is on the idea that learning is fun, and the evening also
includes group activities, games, and a healthful snack.
The program is run entirely by volunteers, including members of both
congregations: organizers, drivers who take the children to and from the
program, telephoners, who contact each family each week, and the many
individuals who contribute treats for parties and celebrations
throughout the year.
In addition, our congregation, in cooperation with First Baptist Church
in Kingston, started and remains deeply involved with the Helen Tufts
Nursery School Program for underprivileged children. More information is