On Saturday, March7th, the ADSB was presented with a $12,000 cheque in the Win4Kids contest by Goodlife Fitness Centre. On the line was $100,000 worth of grant money. ADSB was vying for prizes worth $25,000, $12,000, $8,000, and $5,000.
To win, they would have to get online votes and ADSB has been rallying for votes since Feb. 2nd. Algoma District School Board’s Brain Booster program was selected as one of the finalists in the Goodlife Kids Foundation National Win4Kids contest.
On hand for the presentation were Davey Taylor, ADSB Well-Being Special Assignment Teacher, Fran Walsh, Communications Officer for ADSB, and John Saegloli, manager of Goodlife Fitness Centre on 2nd Line.
On Saturday March 7th at GoodLife Fitness in Sault Ste Marie, the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) learned that they are the winners of $12 thousand dollars in the GoodLife Kids Foundation, Win4Kids contest.
Winners were determined based on number of votes generated through an online voting ballot. This means that all of Algoma District school communities, partners, staff and students, friends and families are to be congratulated and thanked for taking the time to vote, contributing to ADSB’s win in the second prize category.
On the line was a share of $100,000 worth of grant money in the following prize categories: one $25,000 national prize for the organization with the highest number of votes, one of three prizes of $12,000, one of three prizes of $8,000 and/or one of three prizes of $5,000.
ADSB has been rallying for online votes since February 2nd. Algoma District School Board’s Brain Boosters program was selected as a finalist in the GoodLife Kids Foundation National Win 4 Kids contest.
Brain Boosters is an initiative that has students and teachers in elementary classrooms in the ADSB taking part in five minute long exercise routines. The routines are available on DVD and each Brain Booster session contains unique workouts that kids can follow safely in the comfort of their own classroom. Teachers have the ability to access these DVDs at any time during the course of the school day to get students up out of their seats, get their blood flowing and their brains reengaged!
Davey Taylor, ADSB’s Well-Being Special Assignment teacher was extremely pleased with the results given that we were up against groups from Newfoundland to British Columbia. He confirmed that the $12 thousand dollars will help to ensure that all ADSB elementary classrooms will have access to the Brain Boosters DVDs. The funds will also go towards creating a uniquely Northern Ontario version of the DVDs that may be shared with other school boards.
Director of Education Lucia Reece reiterated the important link between healthy bodies and healthy minds. “Research indicates our youth are not engaging in sufficient physical activity and that there are strong links between good physical health and good mental health and achievement. Our goal is to get our students active while also engaging in a fun project.”