Poster Contest Winner

Congratulations to the Clean Air Day Poster Contest winner: Kyle McWilliam of Samuel Burland School. Kyle’s drawing has been incorporated into the Clean Air Day 2011 promotional poster. Cool bike, Kyle! Congratulations to all of the students who entered.

Green Myths: Can kids make a difference?

How can a child who still sees the world in simple terms understand complex environmental ideas and make a difference? Check out these and other green myths – busted weekly!

Articles for Your School Newsletter

Green Action Centre is preparing a number of short, print-ready articles for school newsletters that can be downloaded from our website. Let us know what topics you’d like covered.

Contact Us

Reach the Active and Safe Routes to School in Manitoba program team at: (204) 925-3773

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Celebrate Clean Air Day on June 8th!
Join thousands of Manitoba children and youth from across Canada celebrating walking to school on June 8th, 2011. Sign up your schoolGreen Action Centre will provide you with information, resources, event ideas, and even prizes to win. The rest is up to you!

After the School Bell Rings

Green Action Centre is pleased to partner with Recreation Connections Manitoba on a new two year initiative – After The School Bell Rings: A Manitoba After School Recreation Project. This initiative is focused on physical activity and healthy living practices for children and youth in the critical after school time period. For more information, contact us.School Travel Planning Update
After completing baseline data collection, all School Travel Planning pilot schools in Manitoba are now working on their Action Plans. With guidance from Green Action Centre, the schools are developing solid action plans with short, medium and long term goals that look at events, incentives and infrastructure changes. The next step will take these action plans from the school committees to municipal committees to address the barriers to active school travel.


Funding Opportunities
Keg Spirit Foundation:  Will consider applications from registered charities for projects that relate to children and contain a mentoring component. Grants typically range from $2,000-$5,000. Deadline April 30, 2011.

First Sports Program:  NEW! Manitoba Community Places Program fund that provides grants of up to $10,000 for community and recreation clubs to purchase shared sports equipment. Community clubs serving youth can apply to undertake small capital projects. Deadline: April 30, 2011.

National Dialogue on Healthy Weights

Want to get involved in the conversation on childhood obesity? Share an idea. Rate and comment on other people’s ideas. Work with other participants to suggest ways to move towards healthy weights for youth. Our Health Our Future: A National Dialogue on Healthy Weights.

No thanks, I’ll walk!

A recent essay written by Susan Piedmont-Palladino titled “Walking the Walk” looks at why fewer children today are walking or biking to school.  She attributes the decline to misguided road and intersection decisions resulting in an unsafe environment unsafe for children to bike or walk. Check out her fascinating infographic that provides a snapshot of walking and biking to school in 1969, 1980 and 2009.