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Grants Help Students Stay Active After School

Children and families have more access to after-school programs that will help them stay physically active.

Education Minister Ramona Jennex today, March 7, announced further funding for the Community Use of Schools Grants. The grants, part of the Kids and Learning First plan, help schools offer quality after-hours physical activity programs. They also make it easier for community groups to run recreational, educational and cultural programs in schools.

"It's so important for young people to be physically active, and schools are natural, accessible community spaces for them to play and stay fit," said Ms. Jennex. "Schools have started some truly creative programs with these grants. We're working together to make our children and our province healthier."

This is the second year for the program, which also supports Thrive! A plan for a healthier Nova Scotia. The grants provide $660,000 each year to school boards to help offset the costs of using school facilities after hours.

In the first year, about 100 schools across the province received grants of up to $5,000 each, and another $160,000 was available to community groups to offset registration and rental fees.

Schools have used the grants to offer activities including curling, cycling, gymnastics, skateboarding and Zumba.

Caledonia Junior High School in Dartmouth started a 30/30 after-school club, where students receive a healthy snack, 30 minutes of academic help, and 30 minutes of recreation ranging from yoga to table tennis.

"I feel comfortable in the club. I get a lot of work done," said Caledonia student Tru Downey. "It has really helped my math."

"In 30/30 we focus on helping our members take pride in their academic success, and recognize the importance of physical fitness," said staff co-ordinator Andrew MacDougall. "I have tried to create an environment where students can find more pride in their work, and demand more for themselves outside the classroom as well. I want them to be responsible for their own success, and willing to work hard to get it."

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Children and families have more access to after-school programs that will help them stay physically active.

Education Minister Ramona Jennex announced more funding today (March 7th) for the Community Use of Schools Grants. The grants, part of the Kids and Learning First program, help schools and community groups offer physical activity programs after school.

Ms. Jennex says it's important for young people to be active and schools are natural places for them to play and stay fit.

The province is contributing another six-hundred sixty thousand dollars in the program's second year. Schools across the province use the grants to offer activities including curling, cycling, gymnastics, skateboarding and Zumba.

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