?The Benefits of Recreation are endless, and it is great to give all the kids the opportunity,? commented TR Oldtimers Hockey Association Player Sean O?Reilly. The ?We Love Kids Day? program started in 1996. It was meant to be a program scheduled on the school Non-Instructional days that was full of activity for the kids. On January 9, all children had the opportunity to participate in public skating from 10:30 to noon. At high noon, community volunteers like Elaine Guske and Carmen Pegg served a lunch of hotdogs, juice, and pretzels to the kids. The movie ?Valiant? was played on the big screen in room five. At one pm, the kids had a choice of continuing to watch the movie, or attend public swimming until three pm. At three pm, there is drop-in hockey in the arena.

At its inception (the program was a brain thrust from former Aquatic Supervisor Michael Lott), the day was offered at no charge. As numbers and costs grew, a one dollar user fee was introduced as a measure of appreciation for the program. That cost rose to two dollars, then to three dollars over the decade. This particular time, the Oldtimers Hockey Club paid to make the day free again for all the kids. ?We do our best to fundraise to support our own hockey program, and we are all in agreement in giving to the community whenever we can? noted Tournament Coordinator Fred Banham. ?We would like to thank our sponsors like Avalanche Trucking, Jade Hardware, Surepoint, Canadian Natural Resources and Halo Ventures. We gave the Graduation class $100 at Christmas for helping us sell a table hockey game, and we also donated $1000 in scholarships to last year?s Grad class?.

Approximately 140 kids came out to participate in the day?s activities. ?It is a fun day for the kids, and everyone can participate? added tough defenseman Wade Inman.

If you know a community sponsor that wants to give the kids a free day of activity, contact the Community Centre Programmer Cheryl Hayden at 242 4246.