COLWOOD — Colin Harris arrived at Royal Roads University, following a 7,600 kilometre run across Canada. It was part of the “Take Me Outside” initiative designed to get young people active and outdoors. He was met by his proud parents and grade 6 students from Sangster Elementary School. Harris is a RRU student who, since he was a youngster, had a passion to run across the country. The Ontario native says the average teenager spends 53 hours in front of screens each week. Harris visited 80 schools in Canada, encouraging students to spend more time outside.
The final stretch of Harris’ journey was also a celebration of the new Nature Kindergarten Program in the Sooke School District. Beginning in September 2012, 22 kindergarten students from Sangster Elementary School will use the forest and beach at Royal Roads University as their classroom. Nature Kindergarten is a 2 year pilot project.
For more information on either initiative, visit the following websites: