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On an outdoor scavenger hunt with the Gander Boys and Girls Club.  Pictured (left to right) are Jack King, Jayden Rumboldt, Rachel Elliott, Lilly Hobbs, Ashley Wheeler and Hailey Whelan.
On an outdoor scavenger hunt with the Gander Boys and Girls Club. Pictured (left to right) are Jack King, Jayden Rumboldt, Rachel Elliott, Lilly Hobbs, Ashley Wheeler and Hailey Whelan.

From taking themed walks around town to hosting a week of empowerment events, schools and other organizations in Gander and the surrounding area are making good use of government funding for activities promoting positive mental health.

The Gander Boys and Girls Club is one of the local recipients of the Community Addictions Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Grants program.

Brenda Paul, the club’s program coordinator, says they’ve planned walks of five to seven kilometres to help kids stay healthy and learn more about their community at the same time.

Paul said each week will be different.

One week may be themed "the monuments in Gander" and they’ll actually walk around and see them. Another week might be the civic centre and another could be historical attractions in town.

In Glenwood, Lakewood Academy will be using its funding to assist with the costs of bringing in speakers for the school’s annual Empowerment Week, which includes events covering topics from nutrition and self-defense to making career choices.

Bill Bradbury, an instructional resource teacher at Lakewood Academy, says this year’s main speaker will be T.A. Loeffler from Memorial University.  She's well known for her mountain climbing and inspirational lectures.

The Dover and Area Community Family Coalition received funding to train eight staff members through a program called "Kids Have Stress Too."

Jane Collins Academy in Dover will use its funding to set up an area where the students can pursue artistic activities in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

The Beacon will bring you stories about some of these initiatives once they’re underway.

gail.collins@tc.tc

 

 

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