Prince George Cougars players produced a video encouraging kids to practise healthy habits, giving the top schools grants. (Cougar’s Allen Douglas/Special to Black Press Media)

Prince George Cougars players produced a video encouraging kids to practise healthy habits, giving the top schools grants. (Cougar’s Allen Douglas/Special to Black Press Media)

Quesnel Elementary School wins grant from WHL’s Cougars

Dragon Lake Elementary received $1,000 from the Spirit of Healthy Kids program

Dragon Lake Elementary School has been rewarded for its commitment to healthy living.

They’ve won a $1,000 grant from the Prince George Cougars in their Spirit of Healthy Kids (SOHK) regional program.

Players from the WHL team produced a video challenging kids to practise healthy habits for two weeks. The top school would receive a $5,000 grant, with six other schools, including Dragon Lake, receiving $1,000.

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Ecole La Grande-Ourse in Smithers took the top prize, with schools in Prespatou, Burns Lake, Prince George and Kitwanga joining Quesnel’s Dragon Lake in winning the secondary prize.

The program uses Cougars players as role models to show elementary students the importance of education, physical activity, mental heath, wellness and kindness.

“Being able to offer this program to schools throughout the north during a pandemic is a great achievement,” Cougars vice president of business, Andy Beesley said. “We’re very proud of our players, who embraced this program and made a positive impact as roles models to hundreds of young students.”

The program is put on through a partnership with the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and Northern Health.

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