posted Oct 8, 2015, 8:23 AM by Steve McGarrity
On October 7, Students and guests at St. Jerome School joined countless others around the globe in celebrating International Walk to School (iWALK) Day 2015. The day is part of a worldwide iWALK week, which promotes active school travel and physical activity for children. This is the first year that iWALK Week was officially recognized by the City of Ottawa. Mayor Jim Watson, OCSB Chairperson Elaine McMahon, and OCSB Trustees Spencer Warren and Sandra Moore were among the guests who joined the students in their walk to school.
St. Jerome was a perfect candidate for the event, as the school is a recent graduate of the Ottawa School Travel Planning Program. The program brings schools, school boards and City departments together to help keep students who already walk or bike to school safe, and to encourage more families to choose active transportation. The program is coordinated by Green Communities Canada. St. Jerome also played a part in working with the City of Ottawa to have a new 40 km/h school speed zone implemented on Spratt Road.