This year's, 2nd annual, Today We Play was a resounding success thanks to more than 200 schools across Canada participating.
Today We Play was hosted on Thursday June 11th 2015 by over 200 schools across Canada. Although some schools hosted it on other days to accommodate their schedules, it still marked the largest national play day in Canada!
Right To Play's signature event called Today We Play comprises of playing unique games led by each school's Junior Leaders to educate and empower students. The event is designed to connect students with social justice issues, while encouraging character development. By hosting this play day, students had the opportunity to give back while enjoying a day of being active.
Schools attended presentations at the beginning of the school year called the Speaker Series, where they learned more about Right To Play. Junior Leaders were then selected between grades 4 – 12 to attend the Play Academy, where they were taught and empowered through our unique games. This year, the Junior Leaders did a fantastic job leading their peers through games that educated about understanding and protecting children's rights.
I had the pleasure of visiting two schools during their Today We Play day and seeing everyone's amazing work in action. The Junior Leaders were all doing a great job facilitating the games and reflecting on the lessons learned with their peers.
GREAT JOB EVERYONE!
A special thank you to all the schools who participated and raised funds for our cause. Check out some amazing pictures and tweets shared about the day: https://twitter.com/righttoplaycan
To sign up for next year's Today We Play, follow the link below:
April 23rd, 2015
Written by: Proud parent of grade 12 Cairine Wilson Wildcat Megan Foy
On Friday April 17th, 2015 The Cairine Wilson Wildcat Varsity Soccer team, once again lead by Teacher Coach Stuart Barbour, hosted its 13th Annual Right To Play Friendly's Game Fundraiser at Gloucester's Superdome.
2015's event added another $1700 to make an overall $18,700 raised to date for this event. 100% of the amount raised goes directly to Right to Play programs here in Canada and abroad.
These players have not only have been fortunate enough to have the privilege of school and organized sports as well as life event soccer trips to Texas, BC and most recently to England so they quickly jump at the chance to give back so others can benefit.
Many Thanks on behalf the CW team to the participating teams, TSMI for the donation of the dome time, Gloucester Hornets for the clubhouse facilities, The Ottawa Fury for the generous incentive prizes of Family pack game vouchers, local City of Ottawa councillors and of course Teacher Coach Stuart Barbour who once again continues to teach the players to reach beyond their comfort zones, what a privilege it is to have sporting opportunity and to give back to sport and community!
This year has been dedicated as The Year of Sport and FIFA "s Women's World Cup is one of the world's biggest sporting events that it is being hosted here this summer in Canada. This year's Right To Play event was extra special as the four participating teams, CW, LR, CB and OSG had a few special visitors drop in throughout the day.
March 19th, 2015
Here at Right To Play we are fortunate to have the support of volunteers and communities nationwide. Through fundraisers and leadership initiatives, students advocate for our mission of enhancing education, transforming health practice and building peaceful communities through play and for that we thank you!
One great example of students taking action occurred at Sir Wilfred Laurier High School in London, Ontario. On Wednesday, February 11th the boy's hockey team arranged to host a buy-out at their school, in which students donated a few dollars to leave class and watch the "Golden Puck" hockey game against Beal High School.
By the end of the day, the teams and students raised $900.00 in support of Right To Play! We appreciate all the hard work from the boy's hockey team and thank all of the students for your participation--Go team!
March 12th, 2015
Wow, almost 2,800 students participated in Right To Play's signature Play Academy! These full-day workshops empower youth to lead within their community and celebrate the importance of play. The Play Academy is the second of a three prong approach to our signature, nationwide Junior Leader Initiative that develops leadership skills and increases students' knowledge of children's rights.
The Play Academy started in Ottawa, Ontario on November 11th, 2014 and finished in Minden, Ontario on March 26th making stops in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, St. John's and many other cities in between. We've received all kinds of great feedback but here are a few quotes from teachers across the country:
"The kids absolutely loved their day at the Play Academy!
We have now an official 'Right to play' team at our school! They have decided that they want to prepare a short announcement to let the other students know about what they did at the Play Academy and how to teach to the other grade 5 students so they also become Junior Leaders!"
"We have plans for our 15 Junior Leader certified students to organize a training session for our other 40 Peace Ambassadors. Thank you again for this fantastic opportunity! It has transformed our students and our teachers."
On June 11th, 2015 the Junior Leaders will lead a day of games and activities at their own schools for Today We Play.
Stay tuned for updates!
For more information on Today We Play or the Junior Leadership Initiative, e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
It's not too late to host a Today We Play day at your school! If you would like to register please click here