The Sparking Life Niagara Program is having a very positive impact on the student participants and the Culture of Lakeshore Catholic High School as a whole. I see kids of all grade levels embracing their daily exercise routines, and I see teachers doing the same. This is just the beginning of our Sparking Life initiative here at LCHS, we’re all really excited about bringing much needed attention to Healthy Active Living.
Exercise has always been a very important part of my life and Sparking Life makes it easy to share this with my students. I look at this program as a great opportunity for Lakeshore Catholic to take a leadership role in Niagara in relaying Dr. Ratey’s research. Many of us exercise to build or grow our muscles, but few of us realize the same concept applies to our brain (neurogenesis) - the actual creation of new brain cells!
This past August our principal arranged to have 8 teachers represent our school at a 4-day workshop sponsored by Dr. Ratey and his research team. It was an amazing professional development experience, where we were exposed to the abundant research supporting the benefits associated with exercise and the brain. We also learned about the many schools across North America that are successfully implementing Sparking Life models into their schools.
Lakeshore Catholic High School Spark Program