Governor Janet Mills’ Message to WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Participants

Governor Janet Mills’ Message to WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Participants

We are honored to share this special message from Governor Janet Mills to WinterKids Winter Games 2021 Participants!

Hello Maine students! This is Governor Janet Mills. As someone who grew up in rural western Maine and a friend of one of your big supporters, Seth Wescott, a tremendous winter athlete himself, and an inspiration to all of us, I appreciate how important winter activities are to keeping us healthy throughout the year.

I’m excited to send my best wishes to you as participants in the fourth annual WinterKids Winter Games. With 6,000 students and 300 teachers with preschool through 8th grade participating, this month-long program, which focuses on outdoor physical activities and nutrition is a wonderful way to keep you and your families active and healthy in all of Maine’s 16 counties, from Frenchville to Kittery, from Jonesport to Rangeley, and many communities in between, you’re showing the best that Maine winter has to offer.

Outdoors is the safest place to play these days, and I thank you all for practicing socially distant winter activities with your classmates and families. The Winter Games is an excellent way to showcase the resilience of young people, and how warm and welcoming our state is year-round even in the cold months of January and February.

Thank you to WinterKids, as well as the many sponsors and partners who work together to make this happen each year. And you, the kids, teachers, and families participating get outside be active, and most important have fun!


For those of you who missed the Winter Games, our fun (and easy to use) PLAYbook is designed to be a tool for kids to Move, Learn, and Explore, all winter long!

As of 2/8/21, we still have a limited supply of printed copies available, but this is subject to change. If you’d like some for your classroom or family, head over to winterkids.org/winter-games/ and fill out the info request form on that page, and we’ll get back to you ASAP to let you know whether we can get them out to you.

The full PLAYbook is also available to download and print (FREE), along with a huge library of supplemental resources on our website at https://winterkids.org/winter-games/playbook-resources/

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Students, Teachers, and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”

SEASON WRAP UP

FY2021

With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

annual report

FY2020

We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.