International Walk to School Day was in full force on October 7th at Mountain View Elementary School in Collingwood to kick off the start of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Many students took an active role in participating in the event and either grabbed their running shoes or bicycle for transportation to school, rather than a vehicle.
Mountain View students were greeted with balloons at the front of the school, as well as an apple to keep their healthy minds going! Collingwood is one of 45 communities chosen for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. This program helps create communities where it’s easy for children to lead healthier lives. Funding for this initiative has been provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and supports healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children.
International Walk to School Day is an annual global event, and this year served as the Challenge launch at all Collingwood elementary schools, including Mountain View, Admiral Collingwood Elementary School, Cameron Street Public School and Connaught Public School. It is a part of the Active & Safe Routes to School program, which every school in the Simcoe County District School Board participates in every day. These programs are focused on promoting and facilitating active transportation, such as bicycling and walking.
Banners in each Collingwood school were created to showcase the student’s commitment to a healthier lifestyle. We are so proud of our Collingwood students and staff that showcased their health-focused initiatives, and look forward to seeing the great activities and outcomes that result from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge!