Wednesday October 8, 2014 is International Walk to School Day (IWALK Day) and it is important to do our part and walk to school when we can. Since walking to school is healthy, it protects the environment and is fun, Tait Street Public School students are invited to join students from across the globe and walk to school on IWALK Day! To show our appreciation to the City of Cambridge in getting our students to school safely (e.g., Adult Crossing Guards), Ward 6 Councillor, Gary Price, will be walking to school with Tait Street Public School students.  It’s really cool to walk to school!

Tait Street Public School will be organizing 2 groups of students for IWALK Day on the 8th of October. Depending on which way you come to Tait, you can meet either on Grand Ridge Dr. at Stirling MacGregor Dr., at 8:55 AM, or at Tait St. and Forth Ave. at 9:00 AM. If you would like to join Gary Price, he’ll be walking from the Grand Ridge and Stirling MacGregor meeting place. Walking route posters are posted below.

Tait Street IWALK Day Poster Tait Street IWALK Day Poster 2

According to the 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, (

  • 58 per cent of parents walked to school when they were kids, but only 28 per cent of their children walk to school today
  • 13 per cent of parents were driven to school compared to 41 per cent of their children today
  • In one decade (2000 to 2010), the proportion of 5- to 17-year-olds using only inactive modes of transportation (e.g., car, bus, train) to get to and from school increased from 51 per cent to 62 per cent in Canada

International research is showing that walking or biking to school can help to:

  • Improve children’s concentration and learning at school, especially for girls
  • Increase overall physical activity levels
  • Improve physical fitness