Ten students from Pringle Creek PS in Ajax recently joined DRPS officers as they hit the slopes for a five week skiing program at Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge.
The program is funded by ProAction Cops & Kids and gives students, who may not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to ski with classmates and DRPS officers. School Liaison Officer Cst. Rebecca Ruttan wanted to generate interest in the popular ski program that is available at many schools across the region.
For five weeks the students are provided with rental equipment, lift tickets, meals and transportation. The program also includes a weekly lesson. "The students get the chance to learn a new sport and in some cases conquer their fears," said Cst. Ruttan. "Many of them are stepping outside their comfort zone and it gives them a sense of accomplishment, while fostering inclusion."
Cst. Ruttan was joined by Cst. Jason Cockburn for the five week ProAction program that wraps up this week. They hope to see it expand to other schools in the coming years.
ProAction Cops & Kids work with police services in the GTA to fund programs that bring officers and youth together in a positive way, and create new, strong friendships. Their programs include sports such as hockey, soccer and cycling, as well as arts, music, leadership and mentoring programs.
It's a priority for DRPS to be involved in the community and to guide our future generation on the right path. ProAction Cops & Kids helps us establish a positive relationship between police and kids and will strengthen our community today and for the future.
ProAction Ski Program (JPG file, 338.0K bytes)