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Build Our Kids’ Success

posted Mar 27, 2017, 11:28 AM by Kathy Carr
BOKS, an acronym for ‘Build Our Kids’ Suc­cess,’ is a program that ran at R.J. Waugh Elementary for grades 1-4. The program ran twice a week in the gym starting at 8:00a.m. 
The students arrive, enjoy a bit of free play, and then participate in fun cardio and strength based activities to get their brains primed for learning. BOKS was founded on the belief that active bodies = active minds and uses fun games and challenges to encourage healthy habits that will hopefully last a lifetime. BOKS is an initiative of the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Football League and PROPEL (University of Waterloo) to expand and enhance physical activity in Canadian elementary schools. It is free of charge to attend.
The BOKS initiative, started by Regan Manns, teacher at R. J. Waugh, began in Carberry in the fall of 2016 with its first session hosting 25 grade three and four students, once a week. In the winter of 2017, the program expanded to include 60 students of a wider age group, over two days a week. Every week has a strength based theme such as lunges, crunches, or planks. The morning begins with a warm up game where the students practice the skill of the week. After, there is an endurance component where the students run, walk, and jog according to set interval criteria for the week. Once this is complete, it is time for some relay activities and then onto a wind up game before breaking for breakfast around 8:30. The BOKS breakfast program has been sponsored by the I.O.D.E for the last two sessions and has found many teachers helping with baking muffins as a breakfast option. 
Recently, the Westoba Credit Union performed a Westoba Wonder on Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23 and provided a bagged breakfast for the BOKS kids. The second round of BOKS will be complete before Spring Break. BOKS Rocks!

submitted by RJ Waugh School