River Heights School, Saskatchewan- Saskatoon

Physical Education Teacher Kailey Smith focuses on developing a safe and fun atmosphere for students to increase their physical activity levels at River Heights School. With support from GoodLife Kids Foundation, a program will be offered to promote school wide physical activity outside of regular physical education.

The grant from GoodLife Kids Foundation will allow 190 students in grades K – 8 to experience enriched physical activity programming during the 2013/2014 school year.  Students will develop better physical skills, as well as social, emotional and personal skills. It will also provide students with a greater variety of instruction, both in learning new skills and learning from different instructors beyond what is required by the curricular. Unique activities include outdoor skating, yoga, aerobics, fencing, kickboxing and dance.

The goal of the program is creating engaging and enjoyable activities that promote life long active living, and developing skillful movement in a variety of activities. The program will complement the already existing extra-curricular and intramural programs focused on providing students with additional physical activity opportunities. 

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Today we're celebrating the #SummerSolstice and #InternationalYogaDay Yoga is an awesome way to help kids develop important physical and mental skills - and it can be easily adapted for all ages and abilities! For younger children, keep practices short and use stories and familiar animals or objects as cues for them to mimic with their poses. For older kids, try building to some more challenging balancing poses or turn inwards to focus on the stress-relieving benefits of the practice. #activekids #yoga

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