The MAX Foundation is excited to welcome Paula Hedlund to the foundation’s Board of Directors. Paula is the Wellness Coordinator at LifeCare Medical Center and she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board. Paula’s expertise is the connection between healthcare and community which is ideal for what we are all trying to accomplish.
Stronger together! We all know and appreciate the competitive spirit that has been cultivated in the state of Minnesota through hockey. The Max Foundation has been asked to share our message with some of our greatest competitors in the rink. A big thank you to the Roseau boys hockey team, East Grand Forks Boys Hockey team and the Grand Forks Knight’s girls hockey team for inviting us into their programs to share our message and show that together we can make a difference!!
The Max foundation joined the Warroad elementary school to celebrate Dr Suess’s Birthday and support the Read Across America program. The Max foundation donated books that will be used in the classroom and the library. The books that have been donated are entwined with the Project 11 program that the school has embraced and it is our hope that the donated books will help keep the conversation going on the seriousness of mental health.
The Max Foundation establishes a “campership” fund with Lake Trails Camp on Lake of the Woods. Since the 1950’s Lake Trails Camp has been offering teenage kids the opportunity to experience the great outdoors in its natural state and more importantly their program allows teens to unplug from the busyness of today’s world and reconnect with their inner self and learn how to build relationships with others. Max cherished his time on the water and specifically Lake of the Woods and we are excited to support the great program that Lake Trails offers today’s kids.
The Max Foundation along with the Warroad and Roseau Girls high school hockey teams “hosted” a foundation awareness night at the Gardens Arena in Warroad. We are very proud of the rivalry between these hockey programs but are even prouder that our programs are able to unite in an effort to end the stigma that surrounds mental health….together we are stronger and can make a difference. A big thank you to the hundreds of fans that came to the Gardens Arena to learn more about the Max Foundation, participate in our fundraisers and enjoy a great girls hockey game!
The first project the Max Foundation will undertake is partnering with Project 11. Warroad Public Schools will be the first school outside of Manitoba fortunate enough to receive training and curriculum access to Project 11 materials. With the focus on mental wellness, Project 11 lessons will be integrated into our K-6th grade morning meeting times. During morning meeting our elementary teachers focus on social-emotional learning. Bringing Project 11 curriculum into Warroad Schools will allow us to enhance our focus on mental wellness, continue the important work of building student/teacher relationships, and create additional opportunities to develop coping skills in students.
To find out more about Project 11 visit: www.projecteleven.ca
The following is information directly from their website:
Project 11 is inspired and created in honor of #11, Rick Rypien, former player of the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose. It is available to support students in Kindergarten to grade 4 (English or French) and in grades 5 to 8 (English) with virtual tutorials educating students about Mental Wellness.
Project 11 is an engaging cross-curricular proactive program targeting Manitoba’s English Language Arts and Health Education outcomes. Weekly lessons and daily activities have been designed to help support students and teachers in bringing mental health awareness, along with positive coping skills into their lives.
In addition to the Mental Wellness lessons, there are over 160 daily activities promoting healthy lifestyle practices that teachers can access and incorporate into their class:
- Indigenous Dancing
- Fun with Fitness
- Art Energy
- Music and Rhythm
- Fun with Food
- Relaxation Techniques
- Laughing Yoga
- Mindful Moments
Lesson Plan Themes:
K to Grade 4: Self-Awareness, Friendship, & Character Development
Grade 5: Friendship, Communication, & Self-Reflection
Grade 6: Stress, Communication, & Self-Reflection
Grade 7: Self-Awareness, Communication, & Relationships
Grade 8: Self-Awareness, Relationships, & Community
PROJECT 11 uses concepts such as practicing focusing the mind, increasing self-awareness of feelings and strengths, and building positive relationships. By concentrating on these areas, it is our goal for students to:
- Build a sense of their own team as a class
- Increase their ability to connect with one another
- Increase self-awareness of social, emotional and physical wellness
- Create a stage of empathy
- Enhance their academic performance