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MONTREAL ALOUETTES VISIT EMSB B.A.S.E. DAYCARES OFFERING NEW BOKS PROGRAM


MONTREAL, DECEMBER 7, 2015 – Montreal Alouettes’ players Kyries Hebert (#34) and Nicolas Boulay (#52) will be visiting General Vanier and Our Lady of Pompei B.A.S.E. Daycares, respectively, to co-facilitate the BOKS Program with the lead trainers, who are daycare educators.

Kyries Hebert (#34) will stop by General Vanier in St. Leonard (4555 Buies) on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 7:45 am to 8:45 am and Nicolas Boulay will drop in at Our Lady of Pompei B.A.S.E. Daycare in Montreal North (9944 St. Michel) on Monday, December 14, 2015 from 7:45 am to 8:40 am.

The B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enriched) Daycare Program has placed a great emphasis on increasing the physical activity levels of its students this year with various programs and is extremely excited to have formed a partnership with BOKS Canada.
BOKS stands for Build Our Kids’ Success. It is a free physical activity program designed for elementary school age children. It is intended to occur as early in the day as possible as numerous studies have shown that the effects of being physically active are most powerful when performed in the beginning of the day. Morning physical activity helps prepare children mentally and physically for a day of productive learning. The BOKS curriculum begins with a warm up and flows into organized active play that includes running-related activities, obstacle courses and games that incorporate functional fitness movements, such as squats, planks, lunges, etc. The session ends with a cool down period and a two-minute discussion on nutrition-related topics.

The BOKS Program was launched at General Vanier B.A.S.E. Daycare on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Approximately 40 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 are participating in the program. The entire daycare staff (Maria, Carmela, Anna Maria and Beatrice) takes turns facilitating the lessons. Our Lady of Pompei B.A.S.E. Daycare kicked off its BOKS Program on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. Some 20 children in Kindergarten and Grade 1 have since been enjoying their morning physical fitness program twice a week. The lead trainer is daycare educator Pia Falconi Di Bacco.

The Montreal Alouettes’ players will participate in the students’ BOKS class by co-leading with the regular lead trainer. Kyries Hebert and Nicolas Boulay will talk about how agility skills have helped them as football players, they will lead the warm-up and demonstrations and lead various drills. Finally, after a cool down, they will discuss the impact of physical activity on their life with the students.

BOKS Program Workshop for Daycare Staff

Approximately 20 EMSB B.A.S.E. Daycare educators from four daycares (General Vanier, Our Lady of Pompei, St. Monica and Michelangelo International) attended a two-hour BOKS Program Workshop on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Our Lady of Pompei School. Lynn Rizzutto is the BOKS Regional Coordinator for Eastern Canada. She facilitated the workshop, which was part theory part practice. The daycare educators got to experience first-hand what it’s like to participate in a BOKS class.

About the BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) Program

BOKS is initiated by Reebok and the Reebok Canada Fitness Foundation, and is funded in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Football League and PROPEL Centre for Population Health Impact. BOKS offers a unique program to help curb the inactivity and growing chronic health and behavioural issues for children across Canada. Together, the partners of BOKS are able to offer the tools, user-friendly resources and mentorship that enable BOKS to deliver a robust fun physical literacy program.
BOKS stands for Build Our Kids’ Success and it is designed to be a free turnkey grassroots program that enables communities to offer access to more physical exercise in our schools. The premise of BOKS is to ensure that kids are active in the morning to realize the greatest impact on their academic abilities. BOKS is an on-going program throughout the school year that offers a 24-week curriculum of fun fitness classes and celebrates student achievement along the way. Learn more about BOKS at www.bokskids.ca.

About the EMSB B.A.S.E. Program

The English Montreal School Board’s B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enriched) Daycare Program is a Quebec government subsidized supervision service offered outside regular class hours for preschool and elementary school children. The B.A.S.E. Daycare Program’s objective is to enhance the lives of children aged four to 12 years old by providing them with enriching educational activities set in a relaxed, safe and nurturing environment. Learn more at www.emsbbase.com.

For further information, images and interviews please contact:

Jennifer De Freitas, Project Development Officer, B.A.S.E. Daycare Program
(514) 483-7200 ext. 7598 // jdefreitas@emsb.qc.ca
Lynn Rizzuto, Regional Coordinator, Eastern Canada, BOKS
(514) 969-5966 // Lynn.rizzuto@bokskids.org



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213
E-mail: mcohen@emsb.qc.ca