I spent the morning speaking and teaching frisbee to more than 100 students from Grade 1-8 at S. Geiger Public School. They learned how to air brush, play disc golf, throw a backhand, and got to see what’s possible with frisbee.

I gave them my Unplugg’d Challenge and they’re pretty excited to have a chance at winning an XDISC!

From the S. Geiger Public School website:

S. Geiger Public School is a small school with a whole lot of heart. We are located in the town of Massey, where the Spanish and Sables Rivers meet. Our students of course come from Massey itself (population 1,100) but we also bus students in from the rural areas of the Township of Sables-Spanish River, a total combined population of 2,943. We are the most westerly school in the Rainbow District School Board, with students from as far west as the Walford area.

The history of the area is readily apparent for all to see as they visit our own Massey Area Museum. Our school itself is steeped in history, and is proudly named after Mr. Sidney Geiger, a School Inspector back in the days when these professionals made their rounds of the one-room school houses and then the larger, combined schools in their jurisdiction, ensuring that children were getting a proper education. We carry not only his name but also his dedication to quality education where children come first.

Our students come from industrious, hard working families, the majority of whom value education and heartily support the efforts of the school. There is a strong agricultural presence in the area and many families continue to farm – dairy farming, beef cattle, strawberries, etc. We also have a strong First Nation presence both within the community and in our school. The Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation Reserve, located a short distance from S. Geiger P.S., has its own JK to 8 school called Biidaban but many students who attend Geiger also share Ojibwe ancestry and culture. 

A growing presence of Mennonite families is being experienced, with many farms being purchased and farmed by this group. Horses and buggies, traditional black garments, and women and girls in long dresses and bonnets stand out as a reminder of what the community might have looked like in days gone by.

Our mission at S. Geiger is to create a positive learner centered community that fosters academic excellence, creativity, character development and life-long learning for all. Through work and play, all students will meet their potential and become happy, healthy, self-sufficient members of society. We embrace all learning opportunities, taking pride in the steps of the journey.