What’s Patrick 4 Life?
About the Partici-Patrick Program
It teaches values which will equip students to make healthy life-style choices. The outcomes of the program promote among students an increase in self-esteem and self-confidence.
Patrick 4 Life believes that this multifaceted program is a fun and unique way for students to become aware of the strength which they have within and how using it, can help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Throughout a six-week period students from grades 3 to 8 use the daily physical activity time (DPA), mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Education, to achieve a 22.5K marathon. This can be achieved by either walking or running. During this period the students maintain a scorecard in which they record their daily achievement. Related to this physical activity, a classroom lesson is conducted to demonstrate the values which can be achieved by participation in the run/walk and how they apply to the regular daily curriculum activity. Partici-Patrick is program designed to integrate with the school’s regular curriculum. Some of the values include: courage, tolerance for diversity, acceptance, self-discipline, unity and compassion.
The program culminates in a day of celebration known as the “Day of Champions”. All students convene and complete the last leg (2.2K) of their marathon. All students are awarded with a marathon medal and a red Partici-Patrick shirt to highlight their efforts. Secondary school students lead and monitor a full day of games, activities and entertainment.
“The main attitudes toward fitness, self-perception, knowledge, and character development all culminated to ‘self-awareness’. I noticed that students became more perceptive of HIV/AIDS and the very real fact that it can happen here and now in our own country, as opposed to only existing in Africa, which is far away and hard to relate to.” – A Teacher on Partici-Patrick
The P4L curriculum is designed to be integrated into the regular Ministry of Education approved curriculum. Curriculum Learning Activities have been developed for grades 3 to 8. Curriculum units for grades 3, 7 and 8 are new and have been recently implemented over the course of the past 2 years! This curricula is developed by volunteer practicing teachers from the local district school boards.
The expectations for these units complement those identified in the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines and therefore promote easy integration.
The learning activities focus on knowledge about HIV and AIDS, skill development as it applies to building relationships, attitudes reflecting the values embedded in the curriculum and behaviours that contribute to a balanced and fully developed life-style.
The Partici-Patrick program is a unique partnership between all area school boards (French Public, French Catholic, English Public, English Catholic and the Nbissing Secondary School) and is endorsed by their respective Directors of Education. It clearly demonstrates their commitment to on-going communication, education and HIV and AIDS awareness.
Financial assistance is available to teachers and/or school boards who wish to participate in Partici-Patrick. Please click “Apply for a Grant” above to request funds.
In addition to the link above, interested teachers can access the curriculum at the following websites: