Kindergarten on skis

Kindergarteners from West Bench Elementary got to try out cross-country skiing as part of the school's outdoor education program.

The kids spent the morning exploring the trails around the Nickel Plate Nordic Centre with their principal, Darryl Tenisci.

"With the kids this age, we've found that by going outdoors more a lot of their basic needs are being met, and because of that their energy is being spent. They're getting fresh air," Tenisci said. "It's helping with their learning inside the classroom."

The kids get learning time outside every day, rain or shine, and will get to go skiing two more times this year.

Also helping out was Perianne Jones with Spirit North, an organization new to B.C. which helps Indigenous kids get outdoors while they learn. 

"It's always a challenge, but it's so fun to see how far they progress after only an hour of skiing," Jones said. "I saw a lot of smiles today."

James Rutledge, a parent of one of the kids participating, said he appreciates the outdoor learning aspect of West Bench.

"It's an amazing part of their school. It's good to see that the school is so active doing that every day," Rutledge said.

Tenisci urges parents looking for more information on the school and its outdoor program for kindergarten to contact him at 250-770-7698.


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