Wed., Oct. 12th - Walk to School Challenge

posted Oct 9, 2016, 6:00 PM by catherine.byrne@ocsb.ca

With the assistance of Jacinthe from the Health Unit, Jessica from Green Communities Canada, parent Carla Ann Carlos and teacher Mme Riberdy, OLW will be participating in the iWalk Challenge on Wed., October 12th. We encourage all students to walk or cycle to school on this day. Upon arrival at school, each iWalk participant will receive an apple, donated by Orleans Fruit Farm.

International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual global event that takes place each October. It is a mass celebration of active transportation and its related issues are used to introduce communities to the Active & Safe Routes to School program.

The proportion of journeys to school made by car has increased considerably in the last several years, with the side effect being a gradual decline in the number of children walking and wheeling to and from school on a regular basis. The key themes that are promoted during IWALK include: increasing daily physical activity, improving safety, enhancing the environment, reducing levels of crime, developing community cohesion, promoting social interaction, and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

Show your school spirit by participating in this worthwhile event. Rumour has it that there may be a special appearance by Phyz, the mascot for physical activity!
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