Pro­gram keep­ing kids ac­tive, healthy

Central and North Burnett Times - - EDUCATION -

MONTO dis­trict pri­mary schools are get­ting their stu­dents fit and healthy with the Ac­tive Af­ter­school Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gram.

This is a Fed­eral Govern­ment ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­mot­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity among chil­dren.

St Therese’s was given the right to host but then asked the town’s lit­tle ath­let­ics club to take charge.

Deyon Younger, a par­ent and coach at the club, said the pro­gram was all about get­ting chil­dren ac­tive, hav­ing fun and try­ing new things.

“The pro­gram is run by qual­i­fied coaches and it is an op­por­tu­nity for our club to make a con­nec­tion with the chil­dren,” Mrs Younger said.

“When we re­ceived the ap­proach from St Therese’s we all thought ‘it’s a great idea so go for it’.

“Like all sports and ac­tiv­i­ties, the big les­son for the chil­dren is not about win­ning but hav­ing fun and mak­ing friends.”

The pro­gram is at­tended by chil­dren from St Therese’s, Monto State School and Mulgildie State School.

PHOTO: GE­ORGE SMITH

READY TO GO: Brit­ney Staines, Lailah Mitchell, Hamish Staines, Lizzie Younger and Jessie Mo­scrop take part in Ac­tive Af­ter­school sports.

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