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.