Hugh Cairns V.C. School, Saskatchewan- Saskatoon

The Active Healthy Kids Canada annual report card has provided Saskatchewan students with a failing grade for their overall physical wellness.  Teacher Daryl Lesyshyn’s goal is to make sure students at Hugh Cairns V.C. School aren’t part of the problem, but instead helping to be part of the solution. 

With assistance from GoodLife Kids Foundation, 160 students in grades K – 5, and students with special needs, will have an opportunity to experience a greater variety of instruction in their physical education program. Offering students the opportunity to learn new skills and learn from different instructors will provide students with an enriched experience beyond what is required by the curricular. This grant will also allow the creation and introduction of Home Activity Kits, for any of the 242 students to take home and use with their families. Kits will include energy exercises, skipping ropes, balls, pedometers and a journal for students and family members to track their use of the Home Activity Kit.

Both of these initiatives will allow the students to develop not only better physical skills but social, emotional and personal skills as well. The program will instill an attitude that physical wellness is a lifelong journey to be enjoyed. By showing at school that being active can be fun, entertaining and creative, the students can take what they have learned in class to their families and share with them how to be physically active for life.

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