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Students meet the challenge

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The Northwestern Health Unit would like to congratulate all students from Grades 4-8 in the Kenora-Rainy River districts who took part in its volunteer challenge.

The challenge was part of the “Live outside the box . . . Step into your community!” school-based campaign launched by the health unit back in September.

“We are so impressed by the initiative students took in getting out and getting involved,” said Tanis Fretter, program manager of Chronic Disease, Injury and Substance Abuse Prevention for the health unit.

Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

•Most hours volunteered by a student—Ben Mast from Sturgeon Creek Alternative Education Program in Stratton (74 hours) and Savannah Palanski from Sacred Heart School in Sioux Lookout (56 hours);

•Random draw for first-time volunteers—Finn Chalupsky from Nestor Falls School;

•Highest class participation rate—Mr. Loewen’s Grade 6-8 class at Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program in Stratton (61 percent); and

•Highest school participation rate—Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program in Stratton (58 percent).

The “Live outside the box . . . Step into your community” campaign continues in 2007, encouraging parents to spend quality time with their kids and help build stronger communities.

For more information, visit www.nwhu.on.ca

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