Pascal Siakam celebrated his birthday by giving back.
On Friday, it was announced that Siakam's foundation, PS43 Foundation Canada, is launching "Coding For Champions," a program supported by Penny Appeal Canada that aims to "empower 60 sixth to eighth grade students between two schools (Queen Victoria Public School and Parkdale Jr. & Sr. Public School) with information technology and website building skills."
A six-figure donation was made to provide the students with new laptops equipped with the necessary programming.
"As a child, I didn't think I could accomplish what I have today," Siakam said in a press release. "My father was passionate about education and my parents put me in positions to be successful by providing me access to education and sport in my home country of Cameroon; a place where such opportunities are limited and hard to come by.
"I want to do the same for kids in Toronto and encourage them to dream big no matter what limits they face."
Pascal Siakam's new organization, the PS43 Foundation Canada and Penny Appeal Canada have launched a coding program for kids in Toronto. 60 students from Grade 6-8 at Queen Victoria and Parkdale Jr. & Sr. Public Schools will participate from April-Junehttps://t.co/1IlOmkZTMQ pic.twitter.com/brvRfcB3RU- K. Derick Deon. (@KDDeon) April 2, 2021
The program will last 10 weeks according to the press release, starting in April and ending in June of this year.
In addition to a laptop, students will receive a backpack, program hoodie, "any additional supplies needed" and an inspirational note from Siakam. They will keep the equipment beyond the program.
A virtual graduation ceremony will be held at the end to celebrate the students and their work.
To learn more about the program, click here.
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