Active Pictou County provides play, programs for children after school

Sueann Musick
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NEW GLASGOW – The days of children being bored after school are long gone thanks to programs being offered by Active Pictou County.

Riley Carrigan, left, and Dawson Lonergan, both of New Glasgow, learn how to properly wash their hands and what works best for removing germs during an Active Pictou County after-school program at the North End Rec Centre. The boys are part of the cooking class that teaches the kids proper food preparation and some healthy eating tips and recipes. Sueann Musick –The News

Kari Trowell, Active Pictou County’s after-school program co-ordinator, said the free programs for middle school youth are currently running various parts of the county with great success.

“Studies show that you aren’t as active as they need to be and there are not a lot of activities after school from 3 to 6 p.m.,” she said, adding that Active Pictou County decided two years ago to take advantage of this downtime and introduce children to new activities offered in the county.

Currently, Active Pictou County’s after-school programs are running in most areas of the county, she said.

It is continuing at Thorburn Consolidated with about 30 children participating. There is also a program at the North End Rec Centre on Tuesdays for droppin in to play and it is starting a new venture on Thursdays called Active Chefs.

“This program will give us the opportuniy to teach youth about safe food practices and healthy cooking.This is a pilot for the area and it is our hope that it will be successful and continue in various locations. We are very pleased to be offering archery in Westville on Tuesdays. Again it is our hope to expand this further,” she said.

Trowell said Active Pictou County wants to support local facilities, so it has been offering the Stellarton Sports Complex to children in Grade 6 around the community to attend for a one-time event showcasing paintball, golf and batting cages.

“This program has been very well received. We will also be hosting a program twice a week, offered to any youth in Pictou County in grades 4 to 6 at the Pinoeer Coal Athletics Track and Field. We will be doing a learn to run program through Doctors Nova Scotia based out of G.R. Saunders school. It gives youth the opportunity to learn to run and it’s expected to have 150 students participate.”

Along with providing direct programming, Active Pictou County’s after-school program wants to support the good things that are happening in the community already when school lets out.

It provided support to the Town Of Pictou Fitness Fridays, Big Brothers Big Sisters Game On and Go Girls, Roots House youth programs and the Pictou Youth Centre.

“We encourage the wonderful opportunities for our youth in the community and will take requests for support from programs that are offered for free, provide physical activity and are provided during the after-school time period. We can also provide support with staff training or in planning your program,” she said.

For more information on what’s happening after school in Pictou County visit www.activepictoucounty.ca to see our calendar of events. If you have an event you want on the calender or any questions contact Trowell at afterschool@activepictoucounty.ca or 921-0706.

Organizations: Thorburn Consolidated, North End Rec Centre, Stellarton Sports Complex G.R. Saunders school Big Brothers Big Sisters Roots House

Geographic location: Pictou County, Westville

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