Walking School Bus Week Northlea Elementary Middle School, East York This French Immersion, JK to Grade 8, school has created an innovative ASRTS program. The Home and School, and parent run Green Team, coordinate the ASRTS activities at Northlea EMS. Northlea has taken a 'safety over convenience' approach to the program and kicked it off with a neighbourhood walkabout. As a result several changes have been made around the school, including larger STOP signs at the busier intersections, increased police enforcement of through traffic and illegal parking around the school, and changes to stopping and standing bylaws. Through the school newsletter and other announcements, parents are encouraged to park safely and walk a block, and to not idle their engines while waiting. The school has worked closely with the Police to address parking and driving concerns. Northlea has a weekly Walking Wednesday program that kicks off right after International Walk to School Day each year. This activity has a consistently high percentage of participants - over 80% of students participated in IWALK 2002. A prominent Walking Wednesday banner is displayed outside the school. Classes with the highest percentage of walkers receive the prestigious Golden Running Shoe and on IWALK 2002 so many classes achieved 100% that the 'shoe' rotated around the school for a week. As part of the school's 2003 Earth Week activities, student's creative juices were tapped through a poster contest. The students' posters included artwork as well as written messages on the importance of walking to school. The reverse side of the poster featured information on No Idling at School. 100 students entered the contest and their posters were displayed around the school. Northlea participated in Walking School Bus Week as part of their Earth Week celebrations. There were approximately 60 participants in three WSBs. The response from the participating families was extremely positive and the school hopes to repeat this again for IWALK Week 2003 and encourage more families to consider walking to school regularly. To further promote active travel to school a Bike Rodeo was organized this spring for Grades 1-3 and they hope to install bicycle racks in the schoolyard; a Recess Run Across Canada (Kilometer Club) has been taking place as well as a Dance-A-Thon.