October 2nd, 2014
Wednesday October 8, 2014 is International Walk to School Day (IWALK Day) and it is important to do our part and walk to school when we can. Since walking to school is healthy, it protects the environment and is fun, Driftwood Park Public School students are invited to join students from across the globe and walk to school on IWALK Day! To highlight the importance of walking to school everyday, Trustee Kathi Smith, Ward 7 Councillor Bil Ioannidis, and Regional Councillors Jean Haalboom and Geoff Lorentz will be walking to school with Driftwood Park Public School students. If you would like to join them and others to celebrate IWALK day please meet at the Cedar Crest St entrance to Cedar Crest Park at 8:50 AM on Wednesday October 8, 2014. It’s really cool to walk to school!
Did you know?
According to the 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, (http://bit.ly/1sPvTHh)
- 58 per cent of parents walked to school when they were kids, but only 28 per cent of their children walk to school today
- 13 per cent of parents were driven to school compared to 41 per cent of their children today
- In one decade (2000 to 2010), the proportion of 5- to 17-year-olds using only inactive modes of transportation (e.g., car, bus, train) to get to and from school increased from 51 per cent to 62 per cent in Canada
International research is showing that walking or biking to school can help to:
- Improve children’s concentration and learning at school, especially for girls
- Increase overall physical activity levels