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Hundreds of Grade 5 students to attend Grow Kids event

Grow Kids

With a priority on health and wellness for students, Grow Kids is set to take place next week at the G.H Dawe Community Centre. In its 12th year, the event will run on Wednesday, May 17 where all Grade 5 students in Red Deer Public Schools will have the opportunity to participate.

Grow Girls, with a focus on staying active, and Grow Boys, with a focus on promoting and supporting healthy development, have brought together hundreds of Grade 5 students for years. The initiative later evolved into Grow Kids which encompasses the ideas of responsibility, respect, connection, relationship, movement, creativity and positive well-being.

“We are so excited that Grow Kids is back to an in person event following a couple of years holding it virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sean Grainger, Vice Principal at Joseph Welsh Elementary School and Wellness Coordinator with the Division. “It is important that we continue to support the health and wellness of students, and we are looking forward to hosting students at the newly renovated G.H. Dawe Community Centre.”

This year’s theme is ‘Reconnecting through wellness’. During the day, there will be multiple sessions offered to students on four main topics including:

  • Connection and relationship

  • Creativity and self expression 

  • Brain/body connection 

  • Positive well-being

“Not only will our event host over 800 Grade 5 students from Red Deer Public Schools and surrounding school divisions, but there will be 100 high school student volunteers, 40-plus presenters, and dozens of teachers,” said Grainger. “We know it’s going to be a great day!”

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