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International Walk to School Month

(Bible Hill Junior High, Photo credit:  V. MacLaughlin)

International Walk to School Month – October 2021 

October 4 - October 8, 2021 is International Walk to School Week  

October 6, 2021 is International Walk to School Day 

Or choose any day/week in October to celebrate! 

Register here!            

It’s time to celebrate International Walk to School Month 2021! IWALK gives children, parents, teachers and community leaders an opportunity to get outside and discover their neighbourhoods or schoolgrounds. Getting children and youth outside to be physically active plays a key role in keeping kids healthy and focused– IWALK is a wonderful way to make this happen with your class. Depending on what protocol your school/group might have in relation to COVID-19, you may want to reassess how you participate in IWALK this year (individual class-based events instead of whole school events, or divide your school walks into multiple grades, i.e., P-3, rather than all at once) however, please register your school rather than your class so that we can send stickers for all students at one school in a single package. 

This year, we’ll keep our registration open so that all schools/groups registered before October 16 will receive IWALK stickers for all participating students (while supplies last)!   

Don't forget to check out our Resources section below for ideas and online materials you can download for free to promote this event in your community. 

All schools/groups who register and complete the Feedback Form at the end of October will also qualify to win some great prizes!  If you’d like to increase your chance to win a prize, share your IWALK photos with us and your school/group will be entered twice!   

This year your school/group could win one of the following prizes: 

•    a one-year school digital subscription to Green Teacher and a copy of Teaching Kids About Climate Change, donated by Green Teacher 
•    six $50 off certificates, donated by Aerobics First 
•    six $50 bike tune-up gift certicates from Halifax Cycles 
•    a gift certificate for $350 (enough for a new bike!), donated by Cyclesmith  

International Walk to School Month is a partnership of the Ecology Action Centre and the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

How to Adapt your Walk 

Even with COVID-19 restrictions, your school can continue to hold their IWALK event and use it as an opportunity to take your class outside, an option which is being prioritized by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.  You may want to consider grouping grades together rather than having the whole school.  Click here for our suggestions on IWALK Health and Safety Protocol, and always ensure that your RCE/EECD protocol is being followed. 

How to Get Involved 

It’s not just for walking students, it's for bussing students too! 

How to include your bussed students: 

• Involve your bussing population at lunch time for 20 minutes 
• Walk around the school (bicycles, skateboards and roller blades welcome if permitted) 
• Have a group walk in the local community 
• Take a trek on a nearby trail 
• Walk around the gymnasium 

Remember school bus safety at all times. See for details. 


Walk to School Resources 
Here are a few inspiring ideas from past events, and our How to Organize a Walk to School Event Guide or Guide des organisateurs has all sorts of suggestions to help you organize your event, so check it out!  

Promotional Pieces 
This document has write ups, including a Tweet and Facebook postings, for you to use to help promote the event in your area.  A copy of the IWALK logo can be found here

IWALK Poster 
The 2021 IWALK poster is available to download in English and in French.  

IWALK Health and Safety Protocol Recommendations 
Your RCE likely has set protocol to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 which we ask all participating schools to respect and follow.  This document outlines the EAC’s recommendations for planning a safe walk given the challenges of COVID-19. 

IWALK Class Active Transportation (AT) Participation Challenge 
Here is a quick hands up survey form
 to download that you can use to run a participation challenge at school among all classes in order to encourage more people to be active on the way to school during a whole week of your choice (Monday to Friday) in October.  Teachers ask how students traveled to & from school first thing in the morning each day, and only write in the number of students who raised their hand for each of the columns (walked, walked part-way, biked, etc.) and the total number of students in class that day.  Estimated time to complete the survey is 5-10 min per day, depending on your Grade level. 

An IWALK volunteer in the school can use these class surveys to find out the Total AT participation for each class that week and include the results in the school morning announcements or monthly newsletters.  Upper elementary teachers can use these surveys to integrate this AT Challenge into their math curriculum and have students calculate their daily averages too. 


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