Keeping the pace with bike desks – Fondation Desjardins lends its support to Hudson’s École St-Thoma
PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD DUBOIS
In recognizing the importance of activity for children, the Fondation Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges helped finance a program at École St-Thomas in Hudson where students can pedal while reading, combining physical activity with learning.
Hudson’s École St-Thomas received financial support from the Fondation Desjardins for its exciting project titled, “On pédale et on apprend!” (learning while pedalling), in which students participate in an activity combining reading with physical activity using the two bike desks that the school has acquired.
Raymonde Carrier, Grade 4 teacher at École St-Thomas and project creator, explains this compelling project was put in place to counter the negative effects of the pandemic on young people. “I noticed that students have more difficulty concentrating at school as a result of the lockdown they experienced last spring,” she says. “They have a greater need to be active. I thus organized a reading marathon in which fourth grade classes compete to make reading more fun. Students get to choose a book and read it while using one of the bike desks during reading time or while class is taking place.”
The Fondation Desjardins is also supporting other Vaudreuil-Soulanges schools in their initiatives including The Dragon project at École de L’Épervière in Rigaud, and, “Briser l’isolement par une série de concerts,” (breaking isolation through a concert series) at École Hymne-au-Printemps in Vaudreuil-Dorion.
During this unusual school year, the Prix Fondation Desjardins has supported over 423 projects making it possible for 62,000 young people to take part in stimulating activities organized by dedicated teachers and school personnel.