Footy with Ot­tawa Fury

Seaway News - - SPORTS - SHAWNA O’NEILL [email protected]

CORNWALL, On­tario – Stu­dents from grades 4 to 6 of École élé­men­taire catholique Notre-Dame had the op­por­tu­nity to play soc­cer with two Ot­tawa Fury play­ers on Fri­day, Nov. 30.

“This year we are launch­ing spe­cial pro­grams for all of our stu­dents,” ex­plained Pas­cal Lalonde, Prin­ci­pal of École élé­men­taire catholique Notre-Dame. “We call them ‘JABs’.”

“The pro­gram needs to be learn­ing while mov­ing, which is what the acro­nym stands for, and the pro­grams need to meet the stu­dents’ spe­cific in­ter­ests,” Lalonde elab­o­rated.

At the be­gin­ning of the school year, stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to choose to be a part of an ath­letic pro­gram, tech­nol­ogy and sci­ence pro­gram or arts pro­gram. Through­out the school year, stu­dents of each group will have the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties per­tain­ing to their se­lec­tion. The ath­letic pro­gram en­ticed 37 stu­dents. So far, these stu­dents have had the op­por­tu­nity to play with the Ot­tawa 67s.

Lalonde said the ini­tia­tive is spe­cific to his school, how­ever the Catholic District School Board of East­ern On­tario (CDSBEO) is en­cour­ag­ing schools to adopt spe­cial­ized pro­grams. Lalonde be­lieves that be­cause stu­dents are of­fered chances to en­gage in some­thing that meets their per­sonal in­ter­est, they are gen­er­ally more ex­cited about their learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and ex­cel in other sub­jects.

Em­i­lie Le­Cav­a­lier, 11, chose the ath­letic pro­gram and was ex­cited to play along­side the Fury.

“I like sports and I thought it would be good for me be­cause I like it a lot,” said Le­Cav­a­lier, de­scrib­ing why she chose to take part in the ath­letic pro­gram. She es­pe­cially loves soc­cer and en­joys play­ing ball hockey.

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