Win 4 Kids Finalist- Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Foundation
The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Foundation aims to get kids up and moving through Active Recess, while emphasizing the importance of health and wellness.
Active Recess promotes wellness and healthy living through a variety of programming, skills development, team culture and healthy lifestyle behaviours. By providing new equipment for extra-curricular activities and an outstanding training program children will be encouraged to be more active through coordination from staff, parent volunteers and intermediate student leaders.
Win 4 Kids funding will be used in the following way:
- Equipment: to be purchased that will greatly enhance student participation in physical activities.
- Education: Students will be instructed through movement and will be able to take the tools and facts home with them to make changes and to share with their families.
- Character building goals will be addressed through positive social interaction and team building activities.
- Student leadership: skills and opportunities for the intermediate students will be supported as recess ambassadors and trained in a variety of leadership principals through workshops.
- Training: Workshops will be delivered for staff and student leaders who will assist in the implementation of the program. The focus of each workshop is to enable the student leaders to learn at least three new games and be equipped to develop their own games that will work for their schools.
Julie Densham nominated Active Recess for Win 4 Kids. She says, “Active Recess will increase the physical activity of elementary students and instill life-long habits that will serve to shape and prepare them for a more active and less sedentary lifestyle choice.” She continues, “Boys and girls are involved in games of skill, balance and agility. School Climate and Engagement consultants train staff and student leaders in implementation of restorative justice and peer mediation to ensure that if conflict arises during active play, students feel equipped with language to mediate situations.”
Students who participate in Active Recess activities seem more settled after the program as it gives them something positive to do at breaks, and allows them to make good choices by modeling appropriate behavior with far less playground conflicts. Students are also speaking the language of the Active Recess ambassadors (“We play for fun”, “It doesn’t matter who wins”.) An area of notice is with some at-risk students who are assisting with the program. Student leadership is on the rise and positively affecting other areas of the school day.
- Jamie McLean, Teacher, Pauline Johnson Elementary School