Harvard, Here I Come

When Rafael was just 7 years old, his family moved from the Philippines to Canada. They landed in Edmonton and Rafael started Grade 2 in September at McKee Elementary only knowing a few words of English. He struggled to keep up in class, and his reading and writing skills were understandably well below his grade level. He didn’t have any friends; kids in his class would make fun of him because he couldn’t understand them, and often he would sit … Continue reading

Homework Help

Tommy has been attending our West Club for over a year and our staff quickly learned that he was having some trouble in school. One day his mom came into the Club to specifically ask that we help him with his reading and spelling. Our Olivia, a Club staff member, was able to sit down with him every day the week before his upcoming spelling test and help him practice. The following week, Tommy came into the Club, grinning from … Continue reading

A Place for Tutoring & Mentoring

The EXCEL (Excite, Challenge, and Empower Learners Program) has grown tremendously since its inception in September 2013. EXCEL is a supervised after school homework program that supports kids from Grade One to Grade Six at McKee School who could benefit from additional support with their schoolwork. Each Wednesday throughout the school year, students get to meet up with EXCEL Program Mentors for tutoring and mentoring. “We were thrilled that EXCEL did so great this year,” says Brittney Hislop, BGCBigs Community … Continue reading

Mentoring Students After School – Excite. Challenge. Empower.

Can you think of a place where you’d find a group of elementary students excited to work on their homework after school? We know of one – McKee School. Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters (BGCBigs) collaborated with McKee School to launch the Excite, Challenge, and Empower Learners (EXCEL) Program. EXCEL is a supervised after school homework program that supports kids from Kindergarten to Grade Six who struggle with their schoolwork. Though it’s only just finished its first … Continue reading