Esks at 'Cool School'

Catherine Griwkowsky, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:04 AM ET

Kids put down the books and picked up a ball as a couple of Edmonton Eskimos dropped by Spruce Avenue school Monday afternoon.

Pascal Fils and Gord Hinse dropped by the Summer Cool School to share skills with the students.

“It’s always important to give back to the kids because the next generation needs to keep the game going,” Fils said. “Maybe we can catch one or two girls or guys who love football and that are going to become the next generation of Eskimos.”

Moiyan Toure, 14, plays football with her brothers and thinks it’s “awesome” to have Eskimos around to teach some skills.

“I want to get tackled,” she joked.

She said the program is a fun way to play with friends and meet new ones. There are 150 registered students with 120 regular attendees.

Marion Ramsey, Summer Cool School principal, said the pilot program combines students from Metro Continuing Education with Norwood, Delton, Spruce Avenue, and John A McDougal. The program breaks up academics with 45 minutes physical activity and reading in addition to play.

“It was really hard to keep any of the kids in their desks for an hour and a half last summer and the 45-minute chunk seems to work absolutely well,” Ramsey said.

Alberta Health Services will also come in to teach the children how to cook.


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