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Let’s Walk! Join the Walk New West Challenge – April 3 to May 28

Calling all students, staff, classes, families and teams: the Community Challenge is on!

New Westminster is one of the most walkable cities in the region – with an average Walk Score of 70 — and students, staff, teachers and the whole community are invited to re-think how we get around. Motif_Printing-03 (2)

New Westminster Schools in partnership with the City of New Westminster and Fraser Health is launching the city-wide Walk New West Community Challenge, running  April 3 to May 28.

The goal is to increase the profile of walking in our community, promote the benefits of walking — and have some fun.


How the Walking Challenge can support learning in the classroom…

Schools can participate by forming teams of staff, or students, or registering a classroom. Teams and individuals can track their progress on line and win prizes.

For teachers, the Walk New West Community Challenge can support learning in (and out) of the classroom. It can mean taking walking field trips. Heading out doors to learn science, math or art.  Incorporating math in calculating time and steps taken. Journaling walking challengewhat students see, or posting photos and videos on social media (#WalkNewWest and #SD40Learns).

It can also mean connecting students to nature and supporting mental and physical health.








About the initiative

The Walk New West Challenge is a new initiative developed by the Healthier Community Partnership Committee (HCP), a joint partnership between New Westminster Schools, Fraser Health and the City of New Westminster working together to make New Westminster a healthier place.

For New Westminster Schools, the Walk New West  challenge supports the new curriculum’s Healthy and Active Living competencies for students, while the City of New Westminster’s Master Transportation Plan prioritizes walking –  aiming for half of all trips being taken by walking, biking and/or transit by 2031.