Calling all kids who are bored of being stuck at home! Log on with the Planet Protector Academy, and get inspired to become a superhero water protector, and help your family conserve and protect our precious water resources! H2WHOA! is a unique hybrid: a digital program that inspires kids to sing, move, breathe, create and imagine. Delivered free via live webcasts, H2WHOA! includes learning for kids aged 6-11 on environmental issues PLUS new content on mental health, hygiene and other pandemic-coping topics, such as how to do a “Superhero Calming Breath” to help with fear and anxiety.
DreamRider actors Sara Holt and Ian Gschwind host the program live from their living rooms. In daily 1-hour sessions, four days a week, they take kids through lessons and activities that include singing, dancing, games and crafts. Kids become Apprentice Planet Protectors, part of the PPA’s exciting superhero story line. They receive “missions” they can do at home, to inspire family members to change behaviours, like turning off taps and taking shorter showers.
More than 750 kids across Canada have participated in weekly Planet Protector AcademY: HOME Edition sessions since April, and so far they are loving it ! A child participant said that “It felt the whole time like I was in a giant hug!” Parents are finding relief as well, not only from the burden of home schooling, but also from watching their kids participate joyfully in the program’s activities, at a time when fun and inspiration have been hard to come by. In a survey of HOME Edition users, 46 per cent of parents said the program helped their family cope with COVID.