We need you! Mount Pleasant Elementary will be starting a new adventure as of April 27th. As a school we will be participating in the PIERRE LAVOIE - Get up and MOVE Challenge. This challenge encourages students to become more physically active as individuals, as families and as a school. For every fifteen minutes of exercise, a student collects an ENERGY CUBE and they double their points by encouraging a family member to join them. The goal of the Pierre Lavoie challenge is to collect the most ENERGY CUBES as a school from April 27th to May 25th.
Pierre Lavoie launched the first Defi Pierre Lavoie in 1999 in an effort to raise awareness about a disease that claimed his two children’s lives: Lactic Acidosis. He cycled over 650 km in 24 hours. To put this into perspective, the distance he covered on his bike is approximately the same distance as travelling from Hudson to Ottawa four and half times.
In 2005, Pierre was giving motivational talks to schools and he noticed the students keen interest in his Defi… so he launched
Fais ton Kilometre. This challenge allowed students to ride with him in their municipality, but only if they committed to train 15 minutes a day. This activity inspired many and Pierre dreamed to new heights with his
GET UP & MOVE Challenge, which was initiated in 2008.
Mount Pleasant is excited to participate in such an inspirational and life changing event. As a school, we are planning outdoor zumba at lunch, soccer baseball games, dance breaks and more. The teachers will also be running, cycling and walking together. We encourage families to get involved and to encourage each other to participate in such a great event. As a community, we hope people are inspired by our young students making a healthy change. Though there is a grand prize awarded at the end of the Defi ( May 25th) which Mount Pleasant aspires to win… we are all winners if we just GET UP and MOVE!
Written by Toni Rikley (Resource Teacher & Get Up and Move Committee Member)