February 5th, 2024
Wednesday, February 7 is Winter Walk Day! This initiative is hosted by the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB), in partnership with Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR).
In case of inclement weather, the alternate date is Wednesday, February 14.
Walking, biking and wheeling to and from school are great for the environment. They are even more fun in the winter. These activities:
- Build community
- Create friendships
- Allow students and families to explore the wonderful neighbourhoods they call home
Exploring alternatives to vehicle transportation not only boosts well-being, it:
- Helps reduce fossil fuel emissions
- Creates a safe active transportation environment around WRDSB schools
While this is only one day of action, it can inspire many to choose active travel more often despite the cold or rainy weather. We hope these efforts will have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the school year, and into the future.
We all have a part in building schools and communities that support all forms of transportation. Walking, biking or wheeling is a safe, healthy choice for students and families for the journey to school.
Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram at @wr_dsb and use the hashtags #WinterWalkDay or #WWD2024 so we can reshare your stories and posts.
How You Can Participate
All WRDSB students, staff and families are welcome to join Winter Walk Day! As an added bonus, students can register how far they walk or wheel for a chance to win 1 of 5 $20 Indigo gift cards. If this is something that your child would be interested in, please fill out the Student Registration form.
What about remote learners or students who ride the bus?
Remote learners and students who ride the bus can participate, too! Students who ride the bus are encouraged to walk to and from their bus stops. Remote learners are encouraged to take some time throughout their day and walk around their neighbourhood.