St. Kevin Catholic Elementary School, City of Welland, Receive Golden Shoe Award for School Travel Planning

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St. Kevin Catholic Elementary School and the City of Welland recently received the Golden Shoe Award for making safe and active travel to school a priority. From left are Bryan Purins from the City of Welland, Welland Councillor Michael Petrachenko, Jacky Kennedy from Green Communities Canada, St. Kevin Principal Enrico Schirru and Ali Kahn from the City of Welland

Congratulations to St. Kevin Catholic Elementary School in Welland, which, along with the City of Welland, received a Golden Shoe Award from Niagara Region Public Health for promoting school travel planning at the Active and Safe Routes to School Summit recently.  This award was given to schools and municipalities who participated in School Travel Planning to celebrate and recognize leadership in creating a positive environment for active travel.

In 2014, St Kevin Catholic Elementary School in Welland turned to school travel planning as a way to address concerns raised by a parent about the safety of her child’s walk to school. Following a walkabout, the City of Welland made changes to street parking and the added a crossing guard. The school continues to promote Footloose Fridays with support from three Grade 8 students. These students recently wrote a letter to the editor to thank the City for making their route to school safer. The newspaper turned this letter into a feature story. After only one year, 25 more students walk to this school on most days.

Congratulations to everyone involved in this outstanding initiative to promote active and safe travel to school!

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