International Walk to School Day Oct 3, Week 1-5, Month Oct 2007

Organization Sponsor: Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS)

Organization Partner: Ecology Action Center

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Program Description

International Walk to School: Every year, students from across the world participate in International Walk to School Month during October by walking or biking to school with parents, school staff or community leaders. Schools can register online, and they receive a toolkit to help them organize the event. Schools are also eligible for prizes by filling out the Awards and Feedback Form.
Active & Safe Routes to School is a national program that encourages the use of active modes of transportation to and from school.

Active Transportation uses "human power" for movement - like walking, cycling, in-line skating, skiing, skating, skateboarding, wheel chairing, non-motorized scooters and even more.

The benefits include:

Increased physical activity for children and youth.

A healthier lifestyle for the whole family.

Less traffic congestion around schools.

Safer, calmer streets and neighborhoods.

Improved air quality and a cleaner environment.

This year's theme is WALK FOR CLEAN AIR AND THE CLIMATE sponsored by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour and the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection. All registered schools receive free air pollution and climate change teaching resources.

New this year is the QUARTERS FOR THE CLIMATE fundraising challenge.

Participating schools have students collect quarters during Walk to School Week or all month long. Proceeds will be used by ASRTS to help more students walk & wheel to school safely instead of being driven in cars. Fewer cars on the road mean fewer greenhouse gas emissions and less air pollution. Schools could win a great prize for raising money for the climate. See the attached flyer for more on Quarters for the Climate.

We're encouraging as many schools as possible to register for Walk to School Week/Month by June 30. By doing so they qualify for an early registration prize draw. We've lined up even more fabulous prize draws. See the attached newsletter for a description of prizes.

Registration packages were mailed this week to all schools in the province.Schools may register and participate for one day, one week or all month!30,000 students walk and wheel to school across Nova Scotia during International Walk to School Week.

Funding Sources: 

ASRTS is a national Go for Green program coordinated in Nova Scotia by the Ecology Action Centre in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection as part of the Active Kids Healthy Kids initiative.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Public Education and solving local safety problems.

Impact Of Program: 

Over 2000 Canadian schools have participated last year.World wide 38 countries have participated with millions of children walking world wide.

Evaluation Tools: 

Verbal feedback from the community as well as numbers that participate.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Promotion and community support.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The greatest challenge is getting the communities involved.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This program began in 1997 and officially became an International event in 2000.

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