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May was a busy month for the Windsor-Essex Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) team. Two schools, St-Jean-Baptiste and Amherstburg, launched the ASRTS program in Amherstburg while a third school, Princess Elizabeth Public School in Windsor, launched their program.
l’École élémentaire St-Jean-Baptiste in Amherstburg kicked off an improved walking route with a school-wide walkabout accompanied by the Police Chief and Deputy Chief, town planners, public health and school board representatives. At Amherstburg Public School the event was also well attended. Each school’s designated walking routes now have street signs along the route, which also serve as checkpoints for the walking group leaders – walking school buses are being organized (see http://www.saferoutestoschool.ca/walking-school-bus).
Princess Elizabeth Public School in Windsor held its ASRTS launch event on May 8. Over 200 students participated in the launch of the program and they were joined by City Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac, ward representative for the City of Windsor,.
The Windsor-Essex ASRTS project, led by the Windsor Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) and chair of the local ASRTS committee, provided signs for the improved walking routes, made possible by funding from The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s SPARK grant. http://www.heartandstroke.on.ca
Local media were on hand and have provided excellent coverage of the ASRTS progress in the region.
Princess Elizabeth Public School in Windsor:
http://www.wechealthunit.org/about-us/news-and-announcements/active-and-... and http://www.ourwindsor.ca/2012/05/active-and-safe-routes-to-school/.
St. Jean Baptiste French Catholic School and Amherstburg Public School were both featured in the Amherstburg Echo:
and the Rivertown Times:
http://www.rivertowntimes.com/. The school board (CSDECSO) published an article for their website www.csdecso.on.ca/ - Ça marche en grand à l’école Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
For details on the ASRTS program in Windsor/Essex, involving Windsor: J.A. McWilliam Public School, Hugh Beaton Public School, Princess Elizabeth Public School, St. Jules Catholic School, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, see: