Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration at Phelps Helps

On Saturday, March 2nd from 1-3 pm Phelps Helps will be hosting a celebration for Dr. Suess’ 115th birthday. This family-friendly event is open to everyone and will take place at Phelps’ location: 272 Dufferin street in Stanstead.


Many of Dr. Seuss’ favourite characters will be on-site for Seuss themed crafting stations, read alouds and treats. Join us in introducing some of your favourite childhood stories to your children and creating a new generation of Seuss fans!


“The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go” - Dr. Seuss


Mentoring - inspired by athletics

Phelps Helps’ Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for local high school and elementary students to build a relationship; mentors are high schools students who gain leadership skills, while mentees are elementary students building confidence for their transition into high school.


Last Friday during the local school’s planning day, our Mentoring Program participants went swimming at the Bishop’s University pool and had a tour of the sports complex. The students had a lot of fun on this new adventure, but what happened outside of these activities was what truly made the difference for these students.


On the bus ride from Stanstead to Bishop’s University, our program coordinator spoke to the mentors about what they find most challenging in high school. The types of concerned expressed by our high school mentors included the stress about what their future career would be, and the path needed to obtain their dream job. Elementary students listened in and even provided our mentors with some great advice about enjoying the process and not worrying too much yet. High schoolers, like many, also communicated how it can be hard to stay motivated when they have a lot of homework to get done. Together, the group of students shared tricks they have used to push through these tough times. Starting with the hardest work first, asking for help, taking breaks, giving yourself little rewards, and attending Phelps’ tutoring sessions were examples of tricks revealed by the students.


After swimming, the tour of the complex and admiring the student-athletes’ photos on the walls, students enjoyed a healthy snack while watching a Bishop’s University basketball practice. Students were inspired by the players. One elementary school student stated, “sometimes school can be boring but if I can look forward to cool sports practices then I would be willing to be good and work hard in class”. Motivation comes from many avenues when it comes to education - athletics was certainly an inspiration to these young students.


Work-school balance

Phelps Helps is taking an initiative over Hooked on School days to raise awareness about the importance of work-school balance. Members of our team have stopped in to visit local employers, asking them to promote this healthy balance in their workplace. Tonight, Phelps’ high school tutoring program will hold a short workshop about this topic during their usual session from 4:30-6:00. All students are welcome to attend this 20-minute discussion where methods to achieve a healthy balance between school and work will be brainstormed and discussed with our Education and Career Advisor, Elizabeth.


According to Conciliation études-travail, of the 168 hours each week, students spend approximately 30 hours in the classroom, 12 hours on homework and studying and 5 hours of transportation (realistically, this is likely up to 10 hours for students from the Stanstead area). Obtaining adequate sleep for a healthy lifestyle should make up 60 hours of a student’s weekly routine. Of the remaining 61 hours, 46 are expected to be consumed by self-care, eating, sports, recreational activities and spending time with friends and family - all things that are essential to living a happy and healthy lifestyle. Taking all of this into account, this leaves a maximum of 15 hours (or even less if you consider the added transportation needs of a student in the Stanstead area) for students to spend working.


While the recommendation is 15 hours/week for students to work, reality can be different. However, effectively balancing one’s time and paid work hours is an important factor in educational success. Hooked on School week comes to an end tomorrow, however, it is a priority for Phelps to support local students in achieving this balance throughout the year.


For students looking for a summer job, take note of our Summer Jobs workshop on March 25th, where many local employment opportunities will be revealed for the first time.