Walking the rural way in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark

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Published on: September 25, 2018

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network / Fall 2018 Newsletter

The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark (LGL) District Health Unit, in partnership with active school travel stakeholders in Brockville, Smiths Falls and Mississippi Mills, was successful in receiving $100,000 over two years to pilot the “Walking the Rural Way” Project. This project will operationalize “community tailored” Walking School Bus (WSB) models, using trained adult leaders to walk with elementary school children, on established routes to school. Similar to a yellow school bus, a WSB has designated “bus stops” and “pick up times”, where children and families are encouraged to join. The project is supported by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada with funding from the Government of Ontario.

The following six schools are scheduled to participate in the first year of the “Walking the Rural Way” Project:

  • Westminster Public School (Brockville)
  • Commonwealth Public School (Brockville)
  • Chimo Elementary School (Smiths Falls)
  • Duncan J Schoular Public School (Smiths Falls)
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic School (Smiths Falls)
  • R. Tait McKenzie Public School (Mississippi Mills)

Brockville schools will be running the Walking School Bus on Walking Wednesdays, with Westminster school using a before and after school model, while Commonwealth will start with mornings only. Smiths Falls will be piloting a Monday to Friday model, mornings only. The Walking School Bus will run from October to November 2018, and start up again April to end of June, 2019.

For more information, visit http://healthunit.org/health-information/physical-activity-rest/active-school-travel/ or e-mail WalkingSchoolBus_LGL@healthunit.org