From One School
in British Columbia

To 2,600 Schools Across Canadaand 10,000 + Globally

In 2009, Kathleen Tullie, a mom and now Founder and Executive Director of BOKS, read the book, Spark, by Dr. John Ratey. The book clearly set forth the research as to why kids should be active before school and she was inspired to create a program at her children’s elementary school. With school approval and a group of passionate moms, BOKS was launched. Spread through “word of mom” the program grew virally across the US and Canada. Today, thanks to passionate volunteers and corporate sponsors, BOKS is getting kids active in schools and youth organizations across the globe.

Our Mission

MAKE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND PLAY PART OF EVERY CHILD’S DAY 

Our Vision

A HEALTHIER & HAPPIER GENERATION OF ACTIVE KIDS

BOKS was inspired by the book Spark, which found:

  • Exercise is… “Miracle-Grow for the Brain”
  • “Exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains”

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
Better test results

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING
Improved shift and working memory skills

PHYSICAL FITNESS
Decreased body fat percentage; increased cardiovascular endurance; increased activity time outside of BOKS

NUTRITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
Increased knowledge of nutritional and healthy living concepts

BOKS Program Positively Impacts Kids During Pandemic

“Programs such as BOKS that help children not only develop healthy habits to promote optimal growth trajectories but also promote social and emotional skills that can help them better handle stress, peer interactions, and negative feelings are just what children need and should be broadly scaled. The program’s being school-based and run by volunteers gives it the potential of affecting a large number of children equitably without the need for substantial resources.”

Elsie Taveras, MD
MPH, chief of the MGHfC Division of General Academic Pediatrics

2020 BOKS by the Numbers

Schools signed up over the past 6 years – an increase of over 922 schools from 2019.
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Kids Active This Year 
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Volunteer Trainers Impacting Your Communities Each and Every Year 
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BOKS workouts got kids moving in 2020! 
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BOKS 2020 Impact Report

Frequently Asked Questions

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Meet the BOKS Team

Shannon MacMillan

Shannon MacMillan

Manager, Programs & Training
Kim St.Pierre

Kim St.Pierre

Manager - Business Development
Vanessa Danon

Vanessa Danon

Marketing Specialist
Kimberley Medeiros

Kimberley Medeiros

Director, BOKS Canada
Lynn Rizzuto

Lynn Rizzuto

Senior Manager, National Program Services
Chris Tremblay

Chris Tremblay

Regional Coordinator, Atlantic Canada
Kyla Crocker

Kyla Crocker

Regional Coordinator, Central Canada
Lauren Hutchison

Lauren Hutchison

Regional Coordinator, Western Canada