Ecole Alvin Buckwold School, Saskatchewan- Saskatoon

The goal of the Fitness Fun Program is to increase the opportunities for students to develop positive attitudes toward active living, gain confidence as skillful movers and to promote personal, social, cultural and environmental growth and appreciation.  Being able to offer students the opportunity to try different sports/activities, learn from other knowledgeable instructors and travel to different facilities across the city will increase the motivation for students to participate.  The long term goal of the program is that students will continue to live an active lifestyle and make it a lifelong practice for themselves and others. 

Fitness Fun will also provide opportunities for students to pass on what they’ve learned to others in the school by creating a personal plan to increase and support someone else’s level of participation in a movement activity (become a recess buddy for a younger student with special needs, lead a group of younger students through a choreographed dance routine learned in physical education class, create and implement a pedometer challenge for family members, do outdoor work with grandparents/elders etc).  

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Nicky’s favourite part of dance class? The performance! He’s a true showman, relishing the chance to show off all the new skills he’s learned. “It’s definitely the highlight for him,” explains Scott. Nicky is an enthusiastic 10-year-old with Down syndrome, who loves to express himself through movement. The first time Nicky tried his new Wii Dance system, his passion became even clearer and his parents became determined to support him exploring his love of dance. Propeller Dance prides themselves on offering opportunities for all children and was the perfect fit for Nicky. With live music for each and every class, he learned the power of creative movement and expression, including the use of space, time, and composition. And with dancers of all abilities in the same class, the kids in the program must continuously work together, adapt, and learn from one another. The result? A caring and understanding environment where Nicky can thrive and be himself. For four years, Nicky has been learning new ways to be creative, has developing innovative dance moves, and enjoying a new outlet for expressing himself. And just as important, he’s made tons of new friends who he gets to connect with every week. On top of being active and having tons of fun, Nicky’s family has seen many positive changes in other areas of his life. His ability to focus and take instructions have improved and he's learned how to take turns. As a seasoned dance expert, Nicky has become a leader in his class - Bravo! #FEELYOURIMPACT

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