Celebrating 14 years
This year saw KRC mark its 14th year of operation. Fourteen schools have been running the program since the very beginning:
- Atlantic Memorial Elementary
- École Burton Ettinger School
- John W. MacLeod Elementary
- Le Marchant-St. Thomas Elementary
- Michael Wallace Elementary
- Portland Estates Elementary
- Prospect Road Elementary
- Springvale Elementary
- Westmount Elementary
- William King
- Meadowfields Community School
- Aldershot Elementary
- Sydney River Elementary
- Donkin-Gowrie Complex
In addition, KRC is happy to recognize three coaches who have been running the program in their schools for all 14 years. Our thanks go to:
- John McGowan, Springvale Elementary
- Jenny Keenan, Westmount Elementary
- Mitzy Grimshaw-Poole, Arcadia/Plymouth Elementary
Helping kids get active
This year, KRC is celebrating an increase in numbers of schools, coaches and participants. More than 17,000 participants from 214 schools and community groups got active through running and learned about the importance of healthy living. In addition, KRC supported approximately 20 member clubs that implement the program outside the formal school system. These clubs include sports teams, after-school programs, child care and community centres, and home-schooling families.
Many KRC members celebrated the end of a successful training season by taking part in youth runs sponsored by Doctors Nova Scotia. Almost 3,300 youth participated in the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run at the Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax in May, and the Fiddlers Run hosted more than 1,200 participants from Cape Breton in June. The Youth Running Series continues to attract more than 700 kids each year; many of them attend all 10 events in the series.
Over the last 14 years, Kids Run Club has received several awards in recognition of its contribution to improving the health and wellness of Nova Scotian kids. In 2017, KRC was awarded the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Association for Physical and Health Educators’ Partnership Award. The award recognizes KRC for making a notable connection with teachers and demonstrating support for the development of physical and health education in Nova Scotia.
Each year, DNS seeks opportunities for its members to be involved with KRC. Physicians might act as lead coaches or volunteer at their children’s schools. For a third year, DNS partnered with first- and second-year students from Dalhousie Medical School. Fifteen students took part in coach’s training and then supported KRC at six sites in Halifax, mostly inner-city schools that would not have otherwise had a KRC. Two medical residents ran the KRC program in Berwick.
The KRC would also like to thank the many physicians who helped hand out finisher’s medals at fun runs where KRC members celebrate the conclusion of the program, including the DNS-sponsored Youth Runs at the Blue Nose Marathon in Halifax and the Fiddlers Run in Sydney.