Queen's students
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 available here.