Community School Program: Program Description
The goal of the Community School Program is to provide an expanded array of physical recreation services and positive lifestyle education opportunities to aboriginal and inner city children and youth. Therefore, the classes of children that participate in the Community School Program are exposed to a number of fun, physically active, and non-competitive games and activities. The program is structured such that all children who attend can participate. This program accommodates three classes from three different schools each semester, with the size of each session being dependant on the enrolment of each class.
Schedules are set so that each school travels to the University of Saskatchewan campus once per week to participate for 1.5 hours per visit. On some visits, participants will engage in creative and cooperative games. For one hour of the session, children participate in a number of physically active, creative games that stress cooperation, fairplay and fun. For the last half hour of the session, instructors lead the class through a number of health awareness related discussion topics. Some of the topics have included body image, benefits of exercise, and smoking and eating habits. During alternate visits, participants are introduced to various aquatics activities. The lifeguards and volunteers teach children the important aspects of water safety, stoke improvement, and fundamental swimming skills. Sessions usually end with some closely supervised free time.