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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 2, October 2004

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Action Schools! BC

In the time it takes most students to pass a note in class, students can hop, skip, roll, jump, wheel, stretch, and bounce their way toward healthy hearts, healthy bones, healthy muscles, and healthy selves. Action Schools! BC has so far registered 200 elementary schools across the province. Action Schools! BC assists schools in creating individualized action plans to promote healthy living.

"I have permission now to fit physical activity in, and it feels like a top priority," says one teacher who took part in an initial 18-month pilot study with 500 children from Vancouver and Richmond.

This initiative gives school communities the tools to create individualized action plans. To create a balanced portfolio of physical activities that promote healthy living for all students, schools create goals and outline action ideas in six action zones: school environment, scheduled physical education, extra-curricular, school spirit, family and community, and classroom action.

Registration can be completed online at www.actionschoolsbc.ca or by calling 604-738-2468 or toll-free 1-800-565-7727.

For more information, contact Action Schools! BC Support Team, 228—1367 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 4A9, 604-738-2468, 1-800-565-7727, info@actionschoolsbc.ca.

Anne Frank: A history for today

This Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre exhibit follows the story of the Frank family beginning in 1929 Germany. Amidst the rise of the Nazi party the Frank family found refuge in the Netherlands in their attempt to escape German persecution. Exhibit themes focus on prejudice, discrimination, bullying, and persecution as a state-sanctioned instrument to marginalize Jews and others. Students will reflect on the issues, such as the importance of human rights, individual responsibility, and moral courage in today’s world.

The exhibit runs through December 15, 2004. The school program costs $50 per group (maximum 30 students per group). The 90-minute exhibit tour includes one of the following workshops: Grades 5–8 "Children in Hiding" examines the artifacts and stories of Vancouver child survivors or Grades 8–12 "The Myth of the Diary: The Diary on Trial" examines the history of The Diary and critically assesses its historical and contemporary importance. Over 3,500 copies of The Diary will be given to students attending the school program. The books will be allocated on a first-come basis, as teachers make booking arrangements.

For more information, call 604-264-0499, www.vhec.org.

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