Heal­thy fun for sum­mer chil­dren’s pro­gram

Tribune Express - - NEWS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

They smile when they call it the “Health Squad” pro­gram, but the five people squat­ting on the child-si­zed chairs at one of the chil­dren’s work tables in La Mai­son de la Fa­mille in Haw­kes­bu­ry are ve­ry se­rious and al­so ve­ry en­thu­sias­tic about the plans for this year’s sum­mer play pro­gram­ming for chil­dren.

“It’s about pro­mo­ting health,” said Kay­la Lé­veillé Quan of 100% Ac­tifs, ad­ding that fun with and about na­ture is al­so part of the ove­rall theme.

“Eve­ry­bo­dy is wel­come,” said Bri­gitte Wil- liams of La Mai­son de la Fa­mille (Groupe Ac­tion), “and eve­ry­thing is free.”

L’Es­couade san­té is a joint pro­ject bet­ween the two com­mu­ni­ty agen­cies, with sup­port from the Town of Haw­kes­bu­ry and the Haw­kes­bu­ry Fire De­part­ment and fun­ding aid from Cen­traide Pres­cottRus­sell Uni­ted Way, to pro­vide a va­rie­ty of week­ly ac­ti­vi­ties, in­clu­ding games and “theme ad­ven­tures” for chil­dren at four neigh­bou­rhood parks in Haw­kes­bu­ry and Cham­plain Town­ship. Each day’s pro­gram will take place, de­pen­ding on the day of the week and whe­ther it is mor­ning or af­ter­noon, at Parc La­rocque, Parc Ca­dieux, Parc Old Mills, Parc Mé­mo­rial, Parc Sa­muel Reilly, Éric Sau­vé (centre) knows trucks. He knows them so well that he aced the com­pe­ti­tion at the Eas­tern On­ta­rio Road As­so­cia­tion’s Truck Roa­deo com­pe­ti­tion. Cham­plain Town­ship Mayor Ga­ry Bar­ton and Pu­blic Works Di­rec­tor James McMa­hon an­noun­ced the lo­cal dri­ving cham­pion’s ac­com­plish­ment du­ring the June 8 coun­cil ses­sion. Sau­vé now gets to com­pete at the pro­vin­cial truck roa­deo cham­pion­ships in Cha­tham in Sep­tem­ber. These “big kids” sat down at the lit­tle kids’ table at La Mai­son de la Fa­mille in Haw­kes­bu­ry to work out plans for this sum­mer’s games and ad­ven­tures for chil­dren ta­king part in the Es­couade san­té pro­gram with the ove­rall themes of health and the en­vi­ron­ment. Wor­king ‘round the table are Ni­ko­las Ayotte, Kay­la Lé­veillé Quan, Aman­da Du­val, Ariane Hotte, and Bri­gitte Williams.

Parc Vank­leek Hill, Parc de L’Ori­gnal, and Place des Pion­niers.

In case of rai­ny wea­ther, there are ar­ran­ge­ments for in­door fa­ci­li­ties for the day’s pro­gram. The Club Ri­che­lieu has pro­vi­ded funds to buy water bot­tles for all chil­dren par­ti­ci­pa­ting to bring with them to the parks for the day, and the Club Ro­ta­ry de Haw­kes­bu­ry is spon­so­ring buses for tra­vel on “ad­ven­ture camp” days of the pro­gram.

As Williams no­ted, there is no li­mit to the num­ber of chil­dren who can take part in the dai­ly ac­ti­vi­ties nor any re­gis­tra­tion fee re­qui­red from pa­rents. Eve­ryone from new­borns to 12-year-olds is wel­come to take part, un­der su­per­vi­sion,

and pa­rents of in­fants and ve­ry young chil­dren are in­vi­ted to join their lit­tle ones for a fun mor­ning or af­ter­noon.

The goal is to pro­vide fun ac­ti­vi­ties for as ma­ny chil­dren as pos­sible, and their pa­rents, to help make them bet­ter aware of heal­thy lifestyle choices where nu­tri­tion and play are concer­ned. Ano­ther benefit of the pro­gram is to help boost the com­mu­ni­ty pro­file of neigh­bou­rhood parks as a place to have fun.

The pro­gram runs from June 27 to Au­gust 19, and fi­nishes “with a big par­ty” ac­cor­ding to Williams. More de­tails on the sum­mer pro­gram are avai­lable from 100% Ac­tifs at 613-632-2945 or La Mai­son de la Fa­mille at 613-632-6959.

The goal is to pro­vide fun ac­ti­vi­ties for as ma­ny chil­dren as pos­sible, and their pa­rents, to help make them bet­ter aware of heal­thy lifestyle choices where nu­tri­tion and play are concer­ned.

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