October was Walktober, an opportunity to learn about the connections between active transportation, health, and environmental stewardship. This month-long virtual event encouraged and celebrated walking, physical activity, and spending time outdoors. We encouraged kids and teachers to go for walk and embrace outdoor leisure!
“We have a new bike park in our school yard, the BEST bike program and are excited to have this as part of our October – so active so healthy programming!”
– Teacher at Arthur E Wright School
Students participated from all corners of the province, from 19 School Divisions – Beautiful Plains, Catholic Schools Commission, Flin Flon, Hanover, Lakeshore, Louis Riel, Mystery, Park West, Pembina Trails, Portage la Prairie, Prairie Rose, River East Transcona, Seine River, Seven Oaks, St James-Assiniboia, Sunrise, Swan Valley, Turtle Mountain, and Winnipeg. 60 schools and families from across Manitoba registered, with almost 10 000 participating students! Congratulations to all our participating schools for demonstrating a commitment to healthy, active lifestyles.
Arthur E Wright
David Livingstone School
Ecole Arthur Meighan School
Ecole St Avila
Ecole Swan River South
Elmwood High School
Grant Park School
Holy Cross School
JB Mitchell School
John M King
Joseph Teres School
La Barriere Crossings School
Lord Selkirk School
Major Pratt School
Monarch Colony School
Nature Club at Momenta
O.V. Jewitt Community School
Oak Bank Elementary
River Heights School
Samuel Burland School
St Gerard School
The Laureate Academy
W.P Bate Community School
West St Paul School
Winnipeg Mennonite School
This year, we developed activities that students could do at home or in the classroom to learn about walking safety, accessible infrastructure, and enjoy time outside. The full activity kit offered a variety of outdoor and indoor options, to work for everyone in all types of learning environments. Scavenger hunts, pledges, word searches, acrostic poems and walkabouts got kids moving and being creative!
Check out the 2020 Walktober Activity Kit here.
We were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit some schools to go on walkabouts! Students explored their neighbourhood looking for safe and accessible infrastructure for walking and biking.
Although limited by the ever-changing protocols for COVID-19 health and safety, we were able to go to four schools and talk with 190 students! Ecole Guyot, John M King, West St Paul and Lord Selkirk were the lucky recipients of the free workshops.
To show our appreciation for doing Walktober, we have participation prizes! Here are the randomly selected winners:
Pizza Party Package
A pizza party for a class or family, from a local pizza joint! Order delivery, to keep it COVID safe.
The winner is: Killarney School, Turtle Mountain School Division
Snacks to keep you and all your friends goin’! Receive 112 peanut free, chocolatey, and full of energy granola bars.
Winner: Shaughnessy Park, Winnipeg School Division
Hop, Skip and Jump Package
Games to have fun inside or outside! Skipping ropes, sidewalk chalk and a game of ring toss
Winner: Perez Family, Royal School, Pembina Trails School Division
Image Description: Two students play on playground, part of oudoor fitness stations at Shaughnessy Park School.
Thank you for participating in Walktober 2020
This school year caries a lot of extra stress, and it’s important to continue to create fun and new experiences. Thank you to the teachers, staff, families, and students who were CHAMPIONS throughout the month.