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Recess revival promotes fun, fitness and friendships
26 September 2005, Belleville, Ontario—Establishing a more organized, interactive approach to recess and gym classes is at the heart of a plan to encourage students to have fun and stay fit. Through the Recess and Gym Revival project, game and sport items have been purchased for seven elementary schools in Prince Edward County.

Recess and Gym Revival is the result of a coordinated effort to increase the physical activity of elementary children. Instead of students being idle or sedentary during recess and nutrition breaks, boys and girls will be involved in games of skill, balance and agility.

“Healthy, active students are an essential part of vibrant schools and communities,” remarks Frank Gielen, Chairman of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. "Many children today do not know how to play simple games that were played years ago, games like tetherball and jumpsie. By learning to use the new equipment, children will have fun, get fit, and nurture friendships.”

This innovative project recognizes the need to teach students to play hopscotch, tetherball, double-dutch, Frisbee, volleyball, basketball and jumpsie—activities and games that were played on school yards before the advent of hand-held and television computer games.

Funding for the project was secured by The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation (HPELF) through an application to the Stark Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Kingston. The application, approved in its entirety, provides funding for the following equipment which has already been purchased and delivered to the seven schools:
• Utility balls, basketballs, soccer balls and Nerf or foam balls
• Frisbees, flags and scoops
• Skipping ropes
• Sidewalk chalk
• Sand toys

The seven recipient schools are: Athol Central Public School, C.M.L. Snider School, Kente Public School, Massassaga-Rednersville Public School, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), Sophiasburgh Central School, and South Marysburgh Central School. Plans are underway through the HPELF to extend the program to the remainder of the Board’s elementary schools.

The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation is the registered charitable foundation established by the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board to enhance public education by raising money for services and initiatives that could not otherwise be offered by the Board.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board has 54 schools serving 18,400 students, employing 1,070 teachers and 705 support staff. The Board covers a wide geographical area of 7,221 square kilometres bordered by Maynooth to the north, Deseronto to the east, Prince Edward County to the south, and Quinte West to the west.

For information, contact:
• Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, (613) 966-1170, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354