Recreation PEI wants to make school transportation more active
Organization is running a study with 2 Charlottetown schools
Two schools in Charlottetown are working to get their students more active. Prince Street Elementary and Sherwood Elementary are participating in a national initiative called the Active and Safe Routes to School project.
Recreation PEI is heading up the project for the Island and picked the two schools based on the location.
"Both of the schools are in areas in town where a lot of kids already do walk, so we thought it was good to partner with ones where the majority of kids aren't bussed in, they are in that walking vicinity," said project coordinator for Recreation PEI, Jamie Gosbee.
Surveys have gone out to parents and guardians, asking questions about the family's walking habits to school. The idea is to find the barriers families experience in getting their kids walking.
"That data will give us reasons they wouldn't be letting their kids walk to school," Gosbee said.
"Whether it's distance, perceived safety cautions, things like that and then we can build a plan to get either less traffic or increased visibility of crosswalks or things like that."
Gosbee said even adding a bit of exercise can be beneficial for sleep and overall health, but it might also help with marks.
"If you walk to school five or 10 minutes, you get your exercise in, studies show that kids are more productive in school."
The survey is due on the Dec. 20. Over the next month Gosbee will meet with the schools and subcommittees which will include the home and school associations and the sustainability officer for the City of Charlottetown.
Those groups will go over the data and find ways to fix the problems identified.
The funding was a one-time offer for Recreation PEI, and only allowed them to reach two schools, but Gosbee said they are always open to possible expansion of programs like this.
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