[Sust-mar] Walking on the Rise in NS Schools
asrts at ecologyaction.ca
Thu Nov 17 14:15:08 EST 2005
For Immediate Release
November 16, 2005
Walking on the rise in NS Schools
Walking is a growing trend at schools across Nova Scotia. Since it was first
celebrated in the province, the number of schools participating in
International Walk to School Week has soared from nine in 2001 to 137 in
"It was wonderful to see the tremendous response from schools this year,"
says Janet Barlow, Coordinator of Active & Safe Routes to School. "It's
exciting to think one-third of our schools participated province-wide -
that's a lot of schools."
International Walk to School Week is an initiative of Active & Safe Routes
to School, a program promoting the use of active modes of transportation to
school. This includes walking, cycling, wheel chairing, etc.
The annual event took place this year from October 3 to 7. Over 30,000
students walked or wheeled to school or took part in walking activities at
school. Many school staff, parents and community members also put their best
foot forward. Schools across Canada participated in the event, joining 36
"It didn't matter whether the schools had a lot of walking students or
bussing students," says Barlow. "They all recognized the need for more
physical activity, for fewer cars being driven to school and for more
traffic safety awareness."
Four NS schools won prizes for their participation. Princess Margaret Rose
Elementary School in Truro won a national award of $500 from Go for Green
along with a banner and prizes for each student.
Carleton Consolidated School in Carleton won a bike rack from Timbertec Inc.
and a banner from Go for Green. Mount Edward School in Dartmouth won 3M TM
Scotchlite TM Reflective Material armbands* for all students. Seton
Elementary in North Sydney won a Teaching About Climate Change book from
Green Teacher and an Ecology Action Centre membership.
For their generous prize donations, Active & Safe Routes to School thanks Go
for Green, Timbertec Inc., 3M and Green Teacher.
Active & Safe Routes to School is a national Go for Green program
coordinated in Nova Scotia by the Ecology Action Centre in partnership with
Nova Scotia Health Promotion.
Photos are available upon request.
For more information contact Janet Barlow at:
(902) 442-5055 or asrts at ecologyaction.ca
*3M and Scotchlite are trademarks of 3M used under license in Canada
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