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Students from Lorne Avenue Public School joined with other children from around the world in celebrating International Walk to School Day on Wednesday (Oct. 10).
Making the trek as part of the Lorne Avenue Walking School Bus program, which is sponsored by London Block Parents and the London InterCommunity Heath Centre, students, parents and community volunteers including Ward 4 Councillor Stephen Orser, gathered at Boyle Memorial Community Centre. From there, the group threaded their way through the Old East neighbourhood across Lorne and Princess avenues before ending up at the school just before 9 a.m.
“The Walking School Bus is a fantastic way for kids to interact with a new set of children in the neighbourhood, with a set of adults they may not necessarily be familiar,” said Paul Seale, secretary for the Old East Community Association and Walking School Bus volunteer.
Walking Wednesdays are a regular part of the Lorne Avenue community and Seale said it not only allows kids to familiarize themselves more with their neighbourhod, it also offers an opportunity for them to get an active and healthy start to the day.
International Walk to School Day was created in 2000 by agencies promoting Walk to School Programs in Canada, Great Britain and the United States.
Walk to School Day events are designed to raise awareness of the need to create safer walking and cycling routes for children as well as reinforcing the importance of physical activity, pedestrian safety and concern for the environment.
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