Leaf Rapids Education Centre has been selected for a $2000 grant by the Share2Care initiative, awarded by Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada). Established in 1933, PHE Canada is a national charitable association and a recognized leader in physical and health education. The organization champions healthy, active kids by promoting and advancing quality physical and health education opportunities and healthy learning environments.
Leaf Rapids is a community approximately 200 kilometres north of Thompson.
The grant will go towards the school's plan to build a workout room for the school.
“We're really working towards a facility that the kids and the town can be proud of," said Gerard Dillman, chairman of the Leaf Rapids Education Centre Wellness Centre Project. “Keeping kids fit and energized makes them better learners and just generally happier."
PHE Canada's Share2Care campaign is a mental health activation initiative gathering promising practices from across the country to share and inspire others to take action in their class and/or school community. As part of the PHE Canada Teach Resiliency program, Share2Care aims to recognize and share unique, innovative, and promising school mental health programs and initiatives that are making positive impacts on students, school staff, and the entire school community.
2020 marked the third consecutive year of the Share2Care campaign, and saw school champions from across Canada share 199 mental health initiatives supporting teacher and/or student mental health.
Seven Canadian schools were selected as the 2020 Share2Care recipients. Leaf Rapids Education Centre is one of only two Manitoba schools selected for the honour, the other school being Gordon Bell High School in Winnipeg.