Our Toys at Dufferin Peel Catholic

Toys delivered to 50+ educators in the Peel region

We had the opportunity to visit the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board office in Mississauga this fall, where we trained 50 itinerant staff on how to use the Empathy Toy in schools. Boxes full of our Empathy Toys (30 sets to be exact, seen below in transit) are now being used by teachers, youth workers and support staff and dictional resource workers throughout the school board. We are excited to have Twenty One Toys' educational toys in one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Ontario, with 146 schools in Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville.

The toys have brought an opportunity to work together with play at the centre, but really with the focus on "deepening our understanding of how we work together", said DPCDSB's Shirley Kendrick, Superintendent of Special Education and Support Services. Les Storey, the board's Superintendent of Special Education and Support Services, says the toys will not only benefit special ed students, but that the Empathy Toy brings a chance to level the playing field for everybody. "It gives everyone an equal opportunity to be part of the conversation and discussion", Storey shared. Thanks to DPCDSB for helping Twenty One Toys spread the Learning Revolution into Peel Region!

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and most diverse school districts in Ontario, with 1,213,841 residents, over 2,670 square kilometers. As of September 2012, the board  operates 146 Catholic schools (120 elementary and 26 secondary) throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville, with a student enrolment of approximately 85,278 (50,845 elementary and 34,433 secondary students). In addition, over 46,000 students enrol in the board’s Adult and Continuing Education Programs each year.

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