ACTIVPASS (Grade 5 and 9 Community Physical Activity Pass) IS BACK IN ITS 8TH YEAR–  Effective November 1st, all grade 5 and 9 students in public and private schools in the greater Kingston area will get free access to physical activity at participating facilities at designated times.  To access facilities, Grade 5 students need to show their physical activity pass, which they receive at school, and grade 9 students simply need to show their student identification card.

As a pilot this year, Grade 9 students attending Kingston high schools also getFREE access to Kingston Transit from Sept. 1st-Aug. 31st. Starting Aug. 20th, students can obtain their bus cards from either the City Hall Pay It Centre or the Cataraqui Centre Guest Services desk by showing either: a) a current 2012-13 Grade 9 timetable and birth certificate, or b) a current 2012-13 Grade 9 high school student photo ID. There is no cost to obtain the initial bus card; however, there is a $5 fee for a replacement card.

 Kingston Gets Active (KGA) is the coalition spearheading this city-wide program aimed at getting students active by reducing transportation and financial barriers.  “We’re lucky to have so many close partnerships with many local organizations that really help to make this program a success,” said Kristin Cote, Coordinator of Kingston Gets Active.

For example, KFL&A Public Health is coordinating the physical activity passes with the school boards and its schools.  Participating organizations such as the City of Kingston- Recreation and Leisure Services, Town of Greater Napanee- Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Kingston Family YMCA, and WJ Henderson Recreation Centre are all offering their facilities for free access.  Students can enjoy activities such as swimming, ice skating and use of gymnasium at participating organizations.

If your child is in Grade 5 or 9, a letter from school will be sent home soon with a schedule listing participating facilities and hours available for access.  “The idea behind this free program is to provide children and youth with easy and accessible active opportunities so they can be active on a regular basis.  Instead of sitting in front of the computer, game console, or TV, we’re giving kids a healthier option to get them moving,” explained Kristin.

Working together in a collaborative partnership, Kingston Gets Active is a dedicated team that strives to mobilize communities to increase the number of accessible active opportunities.  The goal of Kingston Gets Active is to promote, encourage, and support citizens to be active on a regular basis, and enjoy the many health benefits that come from being physically active.

Click the links below to view printable fridge flyers showing all places the passes can be used!  (Note: these are samples of last year’s schedule.  Current schedules will be posted soon)

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