Healthy fun for summer children’s program
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.