International Walk to School Week (iWalk) took place from October 7th to October 11th this year with a total of 191 schools and over 60,000 students participating across British Columbia. A big thank you to all the schools and iWalk coordinators who all worked very hard to make this a great success!
What did BC schools do to celebrate iWalk this year? Here are a few stories from across the lower mainland.
Lions Gate Montessori in downtown Vancouver went on a school wide walk along the water to soak up the gorgeous view and sunshine.
Thomas Kidd Elementary in Richmond held a week long classroom walking challenge and found that the number of walking students increased as the week went on. Congratulations to divisions 4 and 6!
Maillard Middle School in Coquitlam had great student involvement in handing out stickers and healthy frozen treats to all the walkers bright and early in the morning.
Trafalgar Elementary in Vancouver encouraged walking and cycling to school by providing bike safety checks and a raffle draw.
St. Johns School in Vancouver reduced their early morning traffic by having a drop-off site a few blocks away from their school with a raffle draw and fresh fruit. A walking bus system was put in place for older students to walk the younger students to school from this site.
From DASH to all of you, we'd like to sincerely thank each and every one of you for supporting healthy schools in BC and for participating in iWalk. DASH is looking forward to seeing you again next year.