STUDENTS ACROSS Ontario enjoyed spring-like weather for Winter Walk Day 2016, 3 February, while students on the “wet” coast of British Columbia embraced the day by walking in the rain.
Upper Grand District School Board (Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph) schools holding Winter Walk Day events included Rickson Ridge and Victory Public Schools. Rickson Ridge students took at 45 minute walk to explore the woodland trails of Preservation Park while Victory students used their walk to hand deliver Valentines to patients at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, holding a sing-song along the way. Even staff at the Guelph Board Office got involved by organizing a lunchtime walk.
Halton DSB schools celebrated with winter fashion shows, school announcements, hot drinks for walkers and taking the entire school on a walk.
Participating Burlington schools handed out bright yellow toques sponsored by the City of Burlington and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge embroidered with I love to #WalktoSchool .
Students from Cassandra Public School, Toronto, ON enjoyed a walk around their school neighbourhood.
St. Raphael Catholic Elementary School, Toronto, ON celebrated with lots of promotion for walking to and from school, especially walking the last few blocks for families that live farther away. After the morning bell, all students participated in a fun walk around the school yard.
The morning session of West Bay Elementrary in West Vancouver had 295 walkers for its Lead The Way initiative, representing almost 80% of the school population. Other events included the piloting of a cross walk flag program and Drive To 5, which saw students dropped off at least a 5 minute walk from school. Lollipops, stickers, and the participation of representatives from the West Vancouver Police Department and City added to the excitement.