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St. David School Participates in "Take Me Outside Day"

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Pictured is grade 1 student Kadin Demers, grade 4 student Brooklyn Paquette and grade 1 student Christine Simoneau exploring the outdoors at site of the new St. David School.

October 30, 2012 - 'Take Me Outside Day' is a day to raise awareness about the importance of unplugging from daily technology and getting outside in nature. The "Take Me Outside" campaign was created by Colin Harris in 2011, after he spent nine months running from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia. Along the way, Colin Harris visited over 80 schools and spoke with students about the importance of spending more time outside rather than in front of a screen.

Colin's final day of his cross Canada run was October 25th. To mark the day, more than 150 schools across Canada pledged to spend 45 minutes outside during class time. St. David Catholic School accepted this challenge and the students and staff spent time outdoors at their "new school" environment.

"At St. David, we believe in the importance of outdoor experiential learning for our students. We consider nature is an important element in our teaching practice. Our students learn to respect nature and take care of the environment they live in. Taking care of the natural environment is something that we embed in our daily lessons. Today we visited our new school location to witness the beauty that God has planted all around us," stated Christina Vrbanic Kilby, St. David School grade 8 teacher.

Physical activity outside promotes good motor development and good mental health. Sunlight can boost vitamin D levels, which help form strong bones. Going outside in nature can give students a mental boost.

"Nature is fuel for the soul," said Richard Ryan, author and professor of psychology at the University of Rochester. "Nature is something within which we flourish, so having it be more a part of our lives is critical, especially when we live and work in built environments."

The students and staff of St. David School plan to visit the site of their new school during the year and will continue to explore and reap the benefits of outdoor education in their "backyard".

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