Parkdale Jr and Sr Elementary School in Toronto was out in full force at the Toronto Bold & Cold 5k on Saturday Nov. 24 which is typical for the enthusiasm shown by the school all year.
The school’s spirit is evident by the high level of participation from students but also from their parents. The program is lead by Said Khayat who introduced the program to Parkdale after having success at his former school Orde Street Public School.
Photo caption: (left to right: ) Parkdale Principal Richard Stein, Vice-Principal Geoff Moreira and Team Unbreakable Coach Said Khayat
We were so pleased that Parkdale Jr. and Sr. collaborated with us to create a video that resulted in a $1,000 donation to Team Unbreakable from the Aviva Better Together Community Fund.
“Nothing happens without the support of a committed principal and we thank Richard Stein for his consistent support,” says Nils Blondon, Team Unbreakable Program Coordinator.
The Parkdale Program Participants use the Team Unbreakable Logs to track their mood and progress following every run, while receiving key tags for the completion of laps and consistent attendance. The effort underway at Parkdale encapsulates the Team Unbreakable philosophy: capitalizing on collaboration, team work, and inclusivity to best serve the youth populations of the schools in which we work.
Team Unbreakable is a fun, non-competitive running program for mental health with a curriculum that includes coaching for mindfulness, nutrition, stretching and more. Running affects mood and gives participants a tool to enhance their mental health and manage stress, anxiety and depression. They build awareness, self esteem and resilience. They run with purpose.
Team Unbreakable runs a fall and spring “term” and is available at no cost to any school in the GTA – all you need is a team lead / volunteer like a teacher or community member who’s interested in mental health and likes to get out for a run!