Halton Police are Mentoring Kids in Burlington

Kids in Burlington can learn how to play hockey and SKATE with Halton police.

The Supporting Kids and Adolescents Through Exercise (SKATE) program is a partnership with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.

Its purpose? Helping to develop physical literacy through a structured activity for children and youths in Halton Region.

Participants include 30 children between the ages of four and 13.

Weekly one-hour-long sessions give kids the chance to grasp the fundamentals of hockey, providing a safe environment for youths to meet and interact with each other, and cultivate a relationship of trust between police and children.

Officers take part each week as mentors and/or instructors.

Off-ice mentorship includes a healthy post-game dinner.

The 2018 six-week program began on March 8.

For more information about the S.K.A.T.E. program, call social worker Emily Stein at the 3 District community mobilization bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2308.

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