Children growing up in the Birthplace of Hockey develop a love of skating at a young age.
Windsor Elementary School principal Michael Knowles said students from Primary to Grade 5 participate in the school’s annual skating program.
“This is something that has been going on at Windsor Elementary for many, many years and we’re quite proud of the skating program,” said Knowles, noting that the program has been in existence for more than 20 years.
“We like to promote outdoor activity as much as possible. We try to encourage the kids to try to take advantage of local resources, like the town rink, like Ski Martock, like the curling rink, but particularly the town rink because skating is an easy life-long sport that everybody can enjoy, from toddlers to older folks,” said Knowles, as he took the ice at the Hants Exhibition Arena to skate with children in Primary, Grade 1 and Grade 5 on Feb. 19.
“With Windsor being a hockey town, I feel it’s important that kids have skates on their feet and experience skating,” he said, adding that it may encourage them to take up figure skating or hockey.
“Being a former phys ed teacher, I like to promote healthy activities for everybody.”
Using a rotating schedule, Knowles said they make sure each class has the same chance to participate in the program.