Bishop Abraham Elementary School, Newfoundland- St. John's

Bishop Abraham Elementary School is an inner city school with students grades K to 6 in St. John’s Newfoundland.  It was identified that many of the girls in the school have low activity levels due to the costs associated with registration and travel fees for after school activities. Many of the girls in the school are from low socio-economic status families, and have expressed a great interest for dancing.

A grant from GoodLife Kids Foundation will give 70 girls the opportunity to learn dance and increase their physical activity levels. Sessions will be 60-120 minutes per week in addition to their regular physical education time at school. The program will run for 25 weeks and will be hosted at the school to overcome any transportation barriers.

Members and staff at the St. John’s Atlantic Place GoodLife Fitness Club made a commitment to fundraise for GoodLife Kids Foundation during the 2011 Be A Kid’s Superhero Campaign. Their efforts are providing this opportunity for girls at Bishop Abraham School to lead an active healthy life, while having fun in the process!

 

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The Confidence to Try #FEELGOODFRIDAY Lukas is a 10-year-old Raptors fan who plays basketball with his local chapter of Special Olympics, but it wasn’t that long ago that he was afraid to join a team. Lukas is an outgoing kid who likes to make friends and has always been very active. But his early experiences in organized physical activity were not positive. One of his biggest challenges with autism is struggling to follow directions in large groups. He was often told he was doing things wrong and even that he would embarrass the team. “These negative comments deflated his confidence, and he became afraid to try new things,” explained his mom Lisa. When he was eight, Lukas took part in the Sports of All Sorts program at the Geneva Centre for Autism. The supportive environment in the Sports of All Sorts program, funded by a GoodLife Kids grant, was a real game-changer for him. Constant encouragement and positive reinforcement gave Lukas a safe space to explore new activities without a fear of being judged. With one-on-one support he played basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf. “We’re so glad to make physical activity a regular part of Lukas’ life and we’ve found ways for him to continue practicing at home,” said Lisa. “We bought a tennis net for the backyard, and now that he’s not afraid, he loves to go to glow-in-the-dark mini-putt with his dad!” As Lukas turned around on the basketball court to wave to his mom, he gave her two big thumbs up and her eyes welled up with tears of joy. “Watching him enjoy himself, I’m overwhelmed with happiness and pride,” she shared. “He has talents! But most of all, he has regained a belief in himself – that he CAN do it – and that is so powerful.”

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