Kids in Burlington can learn how to play hockey and SKATE with Halton police.
The Supporting Kids and Adolescents Through Exercise (SKATE) program is a partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.
Its purpose? Helping to develop physical literacy through a structured activity for children and youths in Halton Region.
Participants include 30 children between the ages of four and 13.
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Weekly one-hour-long sessions give kids the chance to grasp the fundamentals of hockey, providing a safe environment for youths to meet and interact with each other, and cultivate a relationship of trust between police and children.
Officers take part each week as mentors and/or instructors.
Off-ice mentorship includes a healthy post-game dinner.
The 2018 six-week program began on March 8.
For more information about the S.K.A.T.E. program, call social worker Emily Stein at the 3 District community mobilization bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2308.