Two local schools get awards because classes keep active

On April 28, James McQueen Public School in Fergus and St. Mary Catholic School in Elora were recognized for achieving a level 3 in the provincial Active Schools In Motion program. 

That is a fun and free pro­gram that recognizes and re­wards schools for everything they do to be physically active.  Active Schools In Motion encourages schools to keep doing the things they are already doing and motivates them to become even more active. The program is a recognition program, with level 6 being the highest level achievable. 

Mayor Joanne Ross Zuj reminded the schools of the success of the World Record Walk and how they participated in breaking a Guinness World Record. She explained the im­portance of why everyone needs to get active and get in motion and how participating in the world record walk that they are on their way.  

She presented prin­cipal John Cassano, of James McQueen, with an In Motion hockey bag filled with equipment for the students to play with and become more active. She praised the school for its ongoing commitment to being “in motion.”

She later presented principal Andrew Finoro, of St. Mary’s Catholic School, in Elora with a similar prize package.

Also on hand for the presentations were members of the in motion committee: councillor Robert Foster, Barb Stewart-Schieck, and Public Heath Nurse Joan Heath, as well as the students, who were active and excited about being in motion.

The Active Schools In Motion program is part of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph In Motion community partnership working to improve the health of the area by encouraging 30 minutes of daily physical activity for all residents.