Board games are arriving in Fort McMurray.
All schools across the community received board games, from Monopoly to Yahtzee, as part of a new way to ensure the mental health of students and teachers recovery after the wildfire and evacuation.
In total, 1000 board games were donated by Hasbro to the Fort McMurray Branch of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and handed out to school in both the Public and Catholic Boards.
“When we’re dealing with anxiety, to be able to have an activity like a game to be able to bring it down, to have a few laughs,” said Nancy Ball, President of ATA Local 48.
All of this stemmed from a conversation with Doctor Michael Rich, Director of the Centre on Media and Child Health at Boston’s Children Hospital. His focus is on making sure children enjoy healthy activities, physically and mentally.
The board games are also intended for the teachers and staff as well. The hope is many will take advantage, have fun when on their lunch or with the students.
A big worry heading into the school year was mental health as many students and teachers started their evacuation at school.