Peace region teachers and students demonstrate active living and well-being

Peace region teachers and students demonstrate active living and well-being

Staff and students from Peace River School Division (PRSD) and Holy Family Catholic Regional School Division (HFCRD) brought running shoes and community spirit to the annual Heritage Run, held in Peace River on June 9, 2014.

Approximately 60 students and staff from both school divisions were sponsored to take part in the Run by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Greater Peace Local #13.

Students and staff participated in all aspects of the run, including a 5 kilometer (K) run, 5K walk, 10K run, and half marathon for individuals, a 10K relay for teams, as well as volunteer positions as timers. 

“The opportunity to take part in the run was offered to all ATA Greater Peace Local #13 schools and the response was fantastic” says ATA Greater Peace Local #13 President Ann Sorensen.  “We are very proud of all students and staff for their heartwarming demonstration of school and community spirit.”

June Hickey, Local ATA representative and teacher from T.A. Norris Middle School saw the opportunity for grant funding from the ATA’s Community Relations Grant, geared to support activities that profile education and demonstrate teachers as active, caring citizens, and the Canadian Mental Health Association Grant, which supports initiatives which promote mental health.

Ann commends June on her initiative.  “June ran with our Local’s action plan this year to promote teachers and show them as active members of the community.  We saw the Heritage Run as a great opportunity for staff and students to model ethical citizenship.” 

Staff and students from Peace River High, Springfield Elementary, T.A. Norris Middle School, Hines Creek Composite, Worsley Central, Rosary, Good Shepherd, École Providence and St. Andrews schools participated in the annual event.

“On behalf of the ATA Greater Peace Local #13, we thank the provincial ATA and the Canadian Mental Health Association for their support” says Ann. “It was a fantastic demonstration of working together to promote our community.   I would especially like to thank all the students, parent supporters, staff and teachers who participated in or volunteered for the race.”

Proceeds from the run are donated to the Peace River Museum and Mackenzie Archives Centre. The museum and its programming are a vital resource for the region, especially for students studying local, provincial and national history. 

“Participating in the run helps to bring everyone together outside of school hours and promotes the importance of physical health and overall well-being.” says June.   “We are so pleased with the response of schools and the community and are eager to continue to partner and expand opportunities like this to more of our school communities.”