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Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation Receives a $15,000 Grant from the McLean Foundation

In September 2015 the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation was awarded a $15,000 grant from the McLean Foundation.  The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation will use these funds to significantly increase its support of the school program where children explore and discover what school was like one hundred and sixty years ago . Each year, through memberships, donations and fund raising events such as the Annual Founder’s Dinner, the Foundation pays the admission fees for elementary school children who cannot otherwise afford to attend the School Programs offered by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Thanks to this very generous grant, an additional one thousand students per year for each of the next three years will attend the school programs for free.



The Schoolhouse regularly receives notes and thank you letters from teachers and children who have attended thanks to a subsidy from the Foundation. Please enjoy these excerpts, received in the spring of 2015.


“I want to thank you for letting us in the Schoolhouse. I like it when we were reading together. I liked how we dress up. I can’t wait to come back soon.”


“I liked the desks because in my country we sit on wood too. I liked that we had to read to the class. I did not like doing the weekly spring examinations.”


“I love you classroom, I never saw a classroom like that before. And I love how we practice to stand with the bell that was so fun. The best rule was since I’m a girl I can’t sit with boys, so no boys could bother me.”


“The children really did enjoy their visit. And "Mrs. Henderson" was great. She really had a nice way of speaking to the students respectfully and they responded well.” [teacher]


The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse

Welcome to the website of the Foundation whose mission it is to foster the memory of the oldest free school in Toronto and the man who was responsible for its existence, Enoch Turner.

Our mission is also to help the Ontario Heritage Trust to preserve the Schoolhouse in its original condition, so that it will continue to inspire thousands of visitors every year.