THUNDER BAY – In a field straddling Ecole Gron Morgan Public School and Corpus Christi Elementary, Lakehead University officially launched its new Active U, a day camp program wherein Grade 4-6 children learn and play through a student-centered approach to cooperative physical activity and education.
Amanda Nesbitt, Coordinator of Programs and Initiatives for Lakehead Athletics, explains, “Active U is an all-inclusive program and much different from your typical summer camp. We invite all kids who want to have fun, be active and explore unique learning opportunities provided by Lakehead athletes and academics alike.”
This morning, students from Ecole Gron Morgan Public School and Corpus Christi Elementary were the first to get a feel for what Active U is all about. Also in attendance were Cathi Siemieniuk, Director of Lakehead Public Schools, Mike Thompson of the Thunder Bay District Catholic School Board, Lakehead Athletics Director Tom Warden and Lakehead President, Dr. Brian Stevenson.
“Active U is about active minds, active bodies, and whose goal is to get kids engaged,” says Dr. Stevenson. “Lakehead is reaching out to the community to help kids lead healthy lives for years to come.”
Active U will take advantage of many of Lakehead’s facilities, such as the pool, gymnasium, outdoor fields and courts, classrooms and laboratories. During Active U’s inaugural year, Lakehead’s Faculty of Engineering will be providing hands-on learning experiences for Active U participants.
Active U runs for two one-week camps, the first July 9-13, followed by the second, July 23-27. More details, including a Parent’s Information Guide, can be found at www.activeu.ca.