Summer holidays allow children to have free time and relax while out of school, but for some parents, it leaves them scratching their heads for activities their child can participate in to keep them moving.
The Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) program has partnered with the Humboldt Regional Newcomer Center (HRNC), IRCC, Horizon School Division and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division, to create a program to bring some activities to children over the summer to keep them active.
SWIS aims to ease the settlement process for newcomer children through programs and support throughout the year. Their summer program began in mid-July and continues until the last week in August.
“In July, we [have done] projects in the park on Tuesdays, we have made sun catchers, bird feeders, some wire sculpting. On Wednesdays, we travel to a different location, and Thursdays we have an Intergenerational buddy program,” explained Tracy Abel, with settlement workers in schools.
The buddy program is in conjunction with The Elizabeth, a retirement community, and sees students join seniors in baking, playing card games, and storytelling.
The program is open to everyone, with registration recommended. Those looking to participate in the program, or want to see their schedule, can contact the HRNC at 306-682-4277 or through their Facebook page.
“It's just being able to get out and enjoy some peer interaction. We have some students who are Canadian born, and have lived here forever, so its building mentorship programs and just getting to know the kids in your community and getting them active throughout the summer.”