Cumberland Community School is among 11 B.C. schools selected to participate in a pilot project designed to increase the number of students using active transportation between home and school.
Active commuting allows students to spend more time outside, improving their mental and physical health, while staying connected with their community. It also lessens traffic congestion around schools, which further supports student safety and reduces the carbon footprint.
“Health, wellness and an active lifestyle have so many benefits for students including improved learning outcomes and longer attention spans,” Educaton Minister Jennifer Whiteside said in a news release.
The Active School Travel Pilot Program will provide $400,000 over two years to the BC Healthy Communities Society to deliver the program.