Mayor Awards her Golden Shoe to “kick off” International Walk to School Week in Surrey

Surrey Mayor Watts awards Hyland Elementary’s now Grade 1 class with the Golden Shoe Award for their successful involvement in HASTe’s Environmental Extravaganza Stick to it Challenge.

What: International Walk to School Week (iWalk) kickoff Assembly and presentation of the Mayor’s Golden Shoe Trophy
When: Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 2012: 9 a.m.
Where: Hyland Elementary, 6677-140th St., Surrey

Hyland Elementary is the winner of last year’s Walk & Roll challenge, an initiative of HASTe B.C kicking off every year during Surrey’s Environmental Extravaganza. Last year’s challenge was called the Stick to it Challenge where schools recorded their walk to school through stickers. The challenge helps to promote safety, healthier habits and conserving the environment encouraging as many students as possible to explore the benefits of walking and rolling to and from school.

As the winner of last year’s challenge, Hyland was presented with the Mayor’s Golden Shoe Trophy by Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts last week. Principal Muriel Douglas also revealed to students the school’s plans to further promote walking and cycling to school during International Walk to School Week Oct. 8-12. HASTe presented on the benefits of walking and cycling to and from school, congratulating Mrs. Harker’s now grade 1 class for their participation and school leadership.

Visit HASTe’s website to learn more about WHY walking and rolling to and from school is important and HOW you can get involved. Discover other tools and campaigns that HASTe facilitates, such as the fun and interactive NEW iSchool Travel Calculator or apply to receive Idle Free signs to decrease exhaust pollution around your school drop off area.

Promoting walking and cycling in Surrey schools doesn’t stoli>here.The City of Surrey has also been funding a National School Travel Planning Process for the last three years. This year HASTe will be working with K.B Woodward, Fraser Wood, and Bonaccord elementary students, parents and principals all year to address the many challenges and barriers schools may face in promoting more walking and cycling to school. The process brings City stakeholders and school communities together to overcome infrastructural and cultural barriers, developing sustainable action plans for the future. For more information about the school travel planning process please click here or contact Kerry Hamilton at

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