The challenges of COVID-19 have been extensive for families and programs alike. This summer, one of Kids On Track’s goals was to equip families to get out and get active together in a safe and fun way. We structured our Active Families program to empower families to learn some great activity skills so they could replicate these activities on their own. What was normally just one Saturday between July and August has transformed into four days a week (Monday- Thursday) and two Saturdays a month. What an amazing way for families to get active together and create some positive memories of this summer.
A favourite event this summer was the Saskatoon berry picking day in Hawrelak Park, where families learned what berries to pick and how to use them in recipes. The families then baked some delicious “bush pies” over a fire with the picked berries. For many families, this was a new skill, one that they can now do with their own families. Sustainability of food and creative utilization of what our own city has to offer were themes that were explored. Global Edmonton made a point to come out and do a small human interest piece on the event. You can watch that piece here (skip to 7:50 for the Kids On Track story.) This event inspired one Kids On Track family to go out berry picking on their own. They reported that they were able to pick and then process 12 mini jars of raspberry jam for their family! Way to go!
Kids On Track is looking forward to our fall programming. With creativity and resiliency, we will continue offering active and meaningful programs in west Edmonton for families. Haven’t gotten out to an event this summer yet? There’s still time! Contact us at 780-481-2942 or visit www.kidsontrack.org.
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Kristy Chaisson is the Program Director, Kids On Track Association of Edmonton.