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NEW GLASGOW – As part of ParticACTION’s national Unplug and Play campaign, students throughout New Glasgow put down their technology and got active instead.

Ava Vlemma was one of the local students who took part in a recent challenge to take a step back from electronics and participate in old-fashioned play. SUBMITTED

Children and their families were encouraged to track their 60 minutes of activity and return to the town hall, Active Pictou County or to participating schools by March 31.

Here are a few of the local children who took part in the challenge.


Carter and Ava Dickson – Grade 2 at A.G. Baillie Memorial School

What they unplugged from: iPad, X-box

Play they did instead: hide and seek, walks at Carmichael Park, trampoline

Although the snowstorm on Wednesday held them back a little, their mother Joanne Dickson said they spent some time outside with other children in the neighbourhood.

“It was nice to see them be able to get outside,” she said.


Ava Vlemma – Grade 2 at A.G. Baillie

What she unplugged from: iPod, TV, computer games

Play she did instead: Dancing, basketball, gymnastics, tag, Twister

Ava’s father, George, said this week wasn’t much different from Ava’s typical schedule. She goes to the Ashlei School of Ballet and Pictou County gymnastics each week. She also goes to the west side afterschool program, where they often try to keep the children active.

“They’re really good with them,” he said.


Josie Mattie – Grade 2 at A.G. Baillie

What she unplugged from: iPad

Play she did instead: swimming, outdoor fun

Josie’s mother, Joanne, said Josie doesn’t often use a lot of technology. She only goes on an iPad for a few minutes, and instead easily amuses herself with toys. Josie asked for an iPod Touch for a gift recently, but Joanne decided to wait before giving her more access to technology.

“Let kids be kids,” she said.

Organizations: Ashlei School of Ballet

Geographic location: Pictou County, Carmichael Park

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  • linda L. Robichaud
    March 31, 2014 - 09:14

    Glad to see children putting down the ipad ect. going out and mixing with people face to face enjoying playing together your only young once.