A “Making Hamilton Move” grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will not only ensure that children in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic elementary schools get moving, but will provide over 2,000 staff and volunteers with the training and skills to keep the momentum going long past the three-year life of the grant.
In April 2017, the Ontario Trillium Foundation awarded a $550,000 grant over three-years to Hamilton community partners – the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, Canadian Sport for Life, SportHamilton, The City of Hamilton Recreation Department and Hamilton Public Health – for a joint initiative to provide physical literacy programs for children aged 3-10. The HWCDSB has been working collaboratively with its community partners for the past four years in developing a physical literacy model for teachers, staff and students in Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic schools. The HWCDSB has been apportioned $170,000 of the grant for education, training and mentoring, assessment and evaluation.
“The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School recognizes that attempts to improve the physical literacy of all students require the support of various stakeholders, including parents and community partners,” said Chairperson Patrick Daly.
Thanking the various partners, and most especially the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its generous grant, Daly added that these types of collaborations benefit not only the students, but also the life of the community.
The Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board is one of only three school boards in Ontario to receive an Ontario Trillium Foundation ‘Grow’ grant.