Pictou Landing will be the first MK school to benefit from Special Olympics Nova Scotia’s Active Start program.
Active Start was piloted by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board in 2011 for children with an intellectual disability. The program aims to provide social, physical and cognitive interaction while engaging students in fundamental movement skills to increase physical literacy in the early grades.
This is the first year the program will be implemented in an MK school.
Tom Fahie, Youth Development Coordinator for Special Olympics Nova Scotia, says he’s pleased about the launch in Pictou Landing because it means they are now serving a Mi’kmaq population within their own community.
“I believe this program will become a template for other First Nation communities that wish to help bring fundamental movement skills to the children most affected by intellectual disabilities,” said Fahie.
MK Student Services Consultant, Janean Marshall, is excited to see youth in Pictou Landing engaging in higher levels of active and healthy living.
“Healthy minds, bodies and spirits allows all children to grow in immeasurable ways,” said Marshall.”This program is the start of exciting opportunities for all children to think beyond all the limits and labels.”
Fahie predicts he will see success in Pictou Landing and he hopes it will lead to other MK schools adopting the program.
Active Start launches in Pictou Landing on February 11 at Pictou Landing Elementary School beginning at 6 p.m. For more information about the program, please contact Janean Marshall at ac.unik@naenaj or Tom Fahie at ac.aitocsavontrops@eihaft.