International Walk to School Week 2005

Organization Sponsor: Ecology Action Center

Organization Partner: Nova Scotia Health Promotion Clearinghouse


Program Description

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 2005! The program promotes the use of active modes of transportation to school and is an initiative of the Active and Safe Routes to School program. The event took place this year on October 3-7 and over 30,000 students walked or wheeled to school, or took part in walking activities at school. Staff and community members were also involved. Four NS schools won prizes for their participation; Princess Margaret Rose Elementary School in Truro, Carleton Consolidated School, Mount Edward Dartmouth School and Seton Elementary School in North Sidney.

Funding Sources: 

Office of Health Promotion - covered cost of Coordinator's salary, promotion, prizes. Go For Green $500 prize.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Finding partners and funding to expand program to high schools, making it easier for schools to involved.

Impact Of Program: 

30,000 students, parents, school staff & community members participated

Evaluation Tools: 

How To Manual for Schools contains evaluations/survey forms re activity levels before and after project.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Having staff person, Office of Health Promotion promoting project and funding it. Contacts all around the Province supporting project.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Relies on parent volunteers, hard to keep energy going and keep schools involved. Finding allies to help, i.e. public health nurses in schools.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Running since 2001 with Halifax focus. Since 2002 on a Provincial level.

Share Your Thoughts