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They're licensed to learn


Courtesy of the Cranberry Resort, Collingwood students now have a License to Learn.

Cranberry owner Larry Law, in partnership with the Toronto organization License to Learn, has been running a pilot tutoring project for Grade 7 and 8 students locally. The program pairs the students up with high school students in grades 11 and 12 to offer support and look for alternative ways of navigating through the tricky shoals of school curriculum.

The program focuses heavily on literacy and math, spokesperson Barry Wansborough said. He's been working with the Toronto-based chapter of the program.

"We take the point of view that every kid can learn," he explained. "Some are school-friendly and some aren't. Our clients are given a personal learning profile that builds on their strengths so that they can make that bridge (between learning and not learning). Our program uses multiple learning profiles and strategies."

The program is available in "30 to 35 schools in Toronto," he said, with more than 1,000 students participating.

"It's a not-for-profit organization. We don't charge the kids, we don't charge the schools. We just think it's so important with 30 per cent of the kids in our schools not achieving provincial standards and 25 per cent dropping out before they finish high school that we provide something."

Law sponsored the local project under the name of the Cranberry Youth Project, Wansborough said.

The local program has paired Grade 11 and 12 CCI students with Grade 7 and 8 students since October.

"It's been a great success," he said.

The participants and tutors were treated to a party at the resort last week. Participating tutors said they found the program taught them as much as the students they were supervising.

The program took place after school hours at the Collingwood Public Library.

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