Schools across the country marked Winter Walk Day, 1 February, in a variety of ways, including handing out hot chocolate and stickers, and by holding raffles and assemblies.
Schools celebrating Winter Walk Day this year can register their event online and receive a certificate of participation from Canada Walks:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WinterWalkDay2017 More than 250 schools have registered so far and the survey remains open until the end of February 2017.
At St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, Toronto, ON many students who normally take the bus chose to walk on Winter Walk Day to be part of the celebration. Student walkers were joined by school staff, volunteers from the local police division, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) and Green Communities Canada. Participants were entered into a draw to win prizes that included metal water bottles, pens, pencils, and a grand prize of four Toronto Marlies platinum tickets. Tim Hortons, Starbucks Toronto Public Health, Metrolinx, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board donated items to make the day a success.
King Edward School, Toronto, ON celebrated its fourth annual Winter Walk Day with several events for its walking and wheeling superstars. Students were able to check out maps of bike infrastructure coming to their neighbourhoods as part of Toronto’s 10-year Cycling Network Plan. An assembly included a presentation by cycling athlete and coach, Chantal Thompson from the Milton Cycling Studio. Chantal taught students how to warm up to winter walking and winter cycling by dressing up Officer Paul!
Rolph Road Elementary School, Toronto, ON celebrated its winter walking champions with a Golden Shoe Award assembly and an after-school hot chocolate social. Weeks before the event, the school encouraged parents to let children walk at least part-way to school in their weekly newsletter. Thanks to their Walking Wednesdays program coordinated by the IWALK-IWHEEL club and the Eco club, the school continues to have a 3-year standing record of 80+% of students walking to school each Wednesday and at least two-thirds of students walking to school on any other school day.