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While athletics can provide
students with many lessons on dedication and the pursuit of excellence, there
are so many other character-building benefits, like leadership skills, teamwork
and the acceptance of others.
Prairie Rose School’s Track and
Field Club is an excellent example of athletics teaching broader life lessons.
The club, which is open to Grades 3 to 6 students, has 90 per cent
participation amongst those grade levels.
The school had 98 of its Grade 3 to
6 students attend the March 14 Athletics Manitoba Elementary Relays at the
University of Manitoba’s Max Bell Centre. An earlier event, on Feb. 1, had a
similar high turnout.
The reason for those numbers is
that students of every background and ability have the opportunity to
participate. In a school that has a high number of Inclusive Education
students, the opportunity-for-all philosophy is evident in all aspects of life
at Prairie Rose.
“Acceptance is something we’re
always fostering at Prairie Rose School,” said Principal Ken Romaniuk. “It’s
nice to see the acceptance of all Prairie Rose students, no matter what level
of athlete they might be. They all have a chance to participate.”
Every student can benefit from
participating in sports.
“It certainly promotes active,
healthy living, and there are different skills in running and track that
students can pick up and transfer into adulthood,” Mr. Romaniuk said.
During team relay events, it is not
uncommon to see Prairie Rose students going back on the track to run alongside
their teammates and offer words of encouragement.
“Even though some students may have
limited ability in some of the events, we get other students to help them out,”
said phys. ed. teacher Scott Smoke.
“It’s a fantastic leadership
opportunity and works into our whole program about sportsmanship. When it’s
appropriate, students can still be competitive, but at the same time they can
also be inclusive.”
Grade 6 student Jonathan Dela Cruz
said the high participation rate makes the track events so much more
“Everyone has a chance to go and
experience it,” he said. “We get to have fun and learn how to cooperate with
In preparation for the track meets,
students have been exercising at track and field club practices three lunch
hours a week. It’s a commitment that students are more than willing to make.
“I like it because you can show
your true colours in competition,” said Grade 5 student Rhiana Garcia. “And we
learn about team work and how to improve our leadership.”