Surrey’s Walk and Roll to School Challenge, organized by HASTE, the Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions, and the City of Surrey, officially kicked of on April 20th to celebrate Earth Day. Mayor Dianne Watts joined children and their families on their morning walk to Hazelgrove Elementary. This is the largest elementary school in Surrey, with over 700 students, so to see the parking lot almost empty of vehicles dropping off students was very welcome to Carrie Johns, Hazelgrove’s PAC Chair. Johns comment: “it looks like the middle of the day, not your usual drop off or pick up, this is exciting to see”.
Almost 70% of Hazelgrove’s students walked to school on the day. Other guests included the School District Superintendent Mike McKay, School Board Trustee Ijaz Chatha, Area Superintendent Alan Jones, Fraser Health’s Lori Smart, City of Surrey staff and their Parks division mascot, Douglas Fir. Hazelgrove’s vice-principal Christine Shepherd says “It was exciting to see so many children walk to school today! We are pleased to see that the number of cars in the parking lot was greatly reduced. It is wonderful to see the children and their families making a conscious decision to take care of themselves and the environment by walking to school”.