February 26: This morning, QSR heard a fascinating presentation from Luke MacDonald, who Skyped in from Halifax, NS, to talk about Sparks Fly (http://www.runforlife.ca/runsmart/).
This program works in conjunction with local school boards to put small spinning bikes in classrooms, encouraging kids to self-regulate themselves through physical activity. The program has proved incredibly successful, with over 500 bikes in classrooms across the country in less than a year.
Teachers and Administrators are finding the bikes help keep kids calm, which impacts the entire classroom. An added bonus is that kids who use the bikes are more attentive and ready to learn. As the vast majority of our members have school-aged kids, this initiative hit home in a powerful way.
Thanks Luke for taking the time to chat with us today!