After-school program for local underserved youth receives $5,000 from Economical Insurance in association with Emsland
Funding squash program that will improve academic performance, develop self-confidence, and promote healthy lifestyles
KAMLOOPS, BC, January 22, 2015 — Just in time for the launch this month, River City Squash received a $5,000 donation towards its after-school program that will give north shore youth the opportunity to reach their full potential. Participating students from Grades 4 to 6 in three local elementary schools will get concentrated coaching in squash as well as help with their homework and tutoring in academic skills that will improve their study habits and grades and increase their overall enjoyment of school. The donation was made by Economical Insurance, one of Canada’s leading providers of home, auto and business insurance, in association with local insurance broker, Emsland Insurance.
“We are grateful to Economical Insurance for this generous and timely gift that will help us get through our full-program pilot from January to June as we find our feet,” said Dave Clutton of River City Squash. “By measuring our students’ progress and program outcomes, we are confident we will bridge a gap in our community with this opportunity for underserved youth to excel in school and hopefully move on to obtain post-secondary education.”
Every six weeks, participants will also perform community service projects, which could include visiting the elderly in a nursing home, helping at a food bank, or tending community gardens. The students will also do field trips to cultural centres, such as museums, plays, and science centres.
“At Economical, we strongly believe in the value of education as an essential step in reaching success,” said Cheryl Edmunson, Economical’s vice-president of sales and distribution in B.C. “We commend Dave and his team at River City Squash for their innovative efforts to encourage youth to succeed in school and in life and become the best they can be.”
“We’re delighted to be associated with Economical’s generous investment in the future of our north shore youth,” said Christopher Emsland, president of Emsland Insurance. “Economical has a long history of giving back to communities across the country. This donation will certainly make a positive difference right here in Kamloops.”
The River City Squash program is based on the Urban Squash model that is active in several cities in North America, including Toronto and Vancouver. Daily attendance at school and at the after-school program sessions is monitored and encouraged. The students’ academic progress is monitored monthly throughout the year, as are their fitness levels and nutrition knowledge. Fitness levels are measured from the start and tracked quarterly to show and encourage improvements in fitness. An annual evaluation tracks the development of the program, the number of children involved, attrition levels, and the program’s accomplishments compared to objectives.
About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical Insurance is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in annual premium volume and $5.2 billion in assets as at September 30, 2014. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated group services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. In 2010, Economical announced its decision to become the first federally-regulated mutual property and casualty insurance company to pursue demutualization. Economical Insurance conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, Federation Insurance and Economical Financial.