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Every Thursday morning, Zoe and her classmates were at school at 7:15 a.m. to catch a bus that took them just a couple of miles to a very different world from the jewel-like modern architecture of Greenwood College School in North Toronto. Their destination: a tough inner-city school.

"We worked with a class of Grade 3 and 4 kids," Zoe says, 15, "preparing them for the (government's) standardized tests."

The learning went both ways: "The kids acted the way we do," she says. "But they have few of the privileges. You can see how tough it is. They could do so well, but they don't have as many people pushing them."

The best day, with school already over, was when the Greenwood College School kids volunteered to take their young friends to the zoo. "We know them so well now," Zoe says. "It was all such a positive experience - we wanted to keep going. We're going to expand it to two classes next year."

—Frank Jones
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