Students who reside in the walking area benefit from a daily walk (or bike, or skateboard, or scooter ride) to school in many different ways
This simple journey can mean so much.
Your school board provides students with the opportunity to walk or cycle to school whenever possible because it is a great choice for so many reasons.
Walking or cycling to school regularly gives your child opportunities for daily physical activity that will help him or her avoid chronic disease and develop healthy habits that may continue into later years. ParticipACTION recommends that children accumulate several hours’ worth of light movement every day. Walking to school is a perfect opportunity to get it; more than half the body’s muscles are designed for walking; it is a natural movement that is virtually injury-free.
Students who get physical activity in the morning arrive at school more alert and ready to learn – and studies show they score higher on tests. Studies show the power of concentration is increased for up to 4 hours after a 20-minute walk!
Up to 25% of the morning rush hour traffic is attributed to the school commute. Reducing the number of cars at schools improves air quality, creating healthier environments where children spend a great part of their day.
Fun and happiness
Those who walk and cycle the school route enjoy a deeper connection to their community and find joy in nature and people along the way; all of which leads to less stress and less depression.
The walk to school provides a great opportunity for students to gradually know their community and take incrementally greater responsibility for themselves and younger children.
Currently STSBHN, The County of Brant and the City of Brantford are partnering in a pilot project funded by Green Communities Canada. The pilot consists of implementing School Travel Plans in a total of six (6) school sites in Brantford and Brant. The pilot sites include: Cobblestone, North Ward, Sacred Heart, St Basil, St Gabriel and Walter Gretzky. The pilot programs will run until June 2020.
If your school community would like to be included in our next phase of pilot sites, please complete the request form below:
- Links to School Planning Toolkit: https://ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca/school-travel-planning/school-travel-planning-toolkit/
- ParticipACTION report card: www.participaction.com
- For additional questions, contact STSBHN at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-751-7532