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Students and leaders of the WRAP program during some of the outdoor adventures intended to engage Surrey students in positive experiences and relationships during the summer.
The summer break from school means time away from classes and the daily school schedule.
But there are students who need – and even thrive on – the regular school routine. That's where the Surrey School District's Safe Schools department comes in!
Safe Schools offers an array of opportunities for students, to keep them busy and engaged with positive role models and exciting experiences. Meals and snacks are also provided.
This summer, there were more than 200 kids and teens involved in various programs and activities.
Princess Margaret Secondary and L.A. Matheson Secondary hosted about 150 students each day for the Yo-Bro and Yo-Girl programs. Participants are involved in recreational activities such as martial arts, basketball and wresting, with younger students interacting with older youth, who often go on to become positive peer role models in secondary school. There were also summer drop-in sports time at Princess Margaret.
Yo-Bro and Yo-Girl after-school programs also run through the school year, focusing on prevention of gang involvement, substance use and violence among 12-18 year olds.
About 20 students referred to the WRAP program are also involved in summer programs, going on outdoor learning experiences, such as hiking and canoeing. The WRAP program also runs year round, supporting students from 11-17 who are at risk of gang involvement by wrapping them in support at school and in the community and building trusting, positive relationships.
Safe Schools also runs a girls group in the summer, bringing females on field trips and engaging them in positive social activities once a week.
New this year was a kabaddi-focused summer camp (left) at Beaver Creek Elementary that welcomed 40 students from July 9-20 to train and play the traditional Indian sport. The program encouraged peer-to-peer leadership with secondary students leading elementary kids in training, while serving as role models and mentors.
"Many of these programs are an essential tool for the well-being of our youth throughout the year, so the board couldn't be happier to continue to support them during the summer," says Surrey Board of Education chair Laurie Larsen. "They not only provide students stability, routine and positive experiences and relationships – but allow them have some summer fun they might not otherwise be exposed to."