We will be celebrating the “Walking the Rural Way” project; a project supported by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada with funding from the Government of Ontario. The goal of this project is to increase active school travel opportunities for elementary school students by strengthening our partnerships, and creating environments that support and encourage students and families to be active on their school journey.
The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, in partnership with active school travel stakeholders in Brockville, Smiths Falls and Mississippi Mills, was successful in receiving $100,000 over two years to operationalize “community tailored” Walking School Bus (WSB) models. A WSB is a group of children walking to school under the supervision of a trained adult leader. Similar to a yellow school bus, a WSB has designated “bus stops” and “pick up times”, where children and families are encouraged to join.
The following nine schools will be participating in the first year of the project:
- Westminster Public School (Brockville)
- Commonwealth Public School (Brockville)
- St. John Bosco Catholic School (Brockville)
- St. Mark Catholic School (Prescott)
- Wellington Elementary School (Prescott)
- Chimo Elementary School (Smiths Falls)
- Duncan J Schoular Public School (Smiths Falls)
- St. Francis de Sales Catholic School (Smiths Falls)
- R. Tait McKenzie Public School (Mississippi Mills)
Walking to school is a great way for children to be physically active. Not only is it associated with improved physical and mental health, but it also contributes to safer school zones, by reducing traffic volumes at and around schools.
“Celebration of Walking” Event, November 28th
3 pm at the YMCA of Brockville and Area.
For more information on the active school travel and the project, please visit: https://healthunit.org/health-information/physical-activity-rest/active-school-travel/