Last Updated on: 9th March 2023, 02:08 pm
As part of the Winter Walk Month Challenge, organized by the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority in partnership with EnviroCentre, the classroom team that logged the most kilometres won a $100 cash prize. That achievement went to a group of students at Chapman Mill Public School who went above and beyond, walking 1,738 kms in total in February – Natalie Allaire’s two class teams at Chapman Mills PS, the Frogs and Owls.
Between the 60 students in the two classes, each student walked approximately 1 km per day at school. They walked outside in the schoolyard, or when the weather wasn’t great, they walked around the classroom. Natalie put on music and the kids enjoyed walking wherever they liked in the classroom for approximately 15 minutes each day to reach 1 km. Cumulatively, they walked the distance from Ottawa all the way to Nova Scotia!
Some families of children in the Frogs and Owl classes also walked to school or in their community to add to the team total. Natalie said that walking and logging their kilometres as a class was an easy and fun element to add to their daily routine. Logging their kilometres together helped with math as the students participated in adding up the total classroom distances walked per day.
The kids enjoyed working to collect milestones for the digital “Box of Treasures” and were very motivated to achieve the “golden sneaker” digital treasure for averting 40 kg of GHG. They recorded all their kilometres together on the SMART Board so they could see their progress together.
The best part of participating in the Hop! Winter Walk Challenge was seeing the kids faces when they hit another milestone or when they walked the distance to the next town!Natalie Allaire, Teacher
One student said he was sad that the team hadn’t made it all the way to St. John’s, NL but he’s happy that the class will have another chance to walk together during the upcoming Spring into Spring Hop! challenge. The class will use their $100 prize for walking the furthest of any team in Ottawa to purchase environmentally friendly toys and books.
Congratulations to all of the Winter Walk Challenge participants, we look forward to seeing how far you walk this spring!