This is the main page for the Davisville Jr PS / MTSD Eco Schools committee.
Davisville P.S. is a Platinum Certified EcoSchool! This is a major achievement. But we don’t want to stop here. We will continue to build on our past TDSB Eco Schools initiatives and plan to do even more this year. Please keep checking back for upcoming eco events, green projects and ideas for activities you can do at home.
If you would like to volunteer for an eco school project, please contact Susan Bakshi.
Anything But Car (A.B.C.) Days
Starting in the 2011/2012 school year, Davisville P.S. began holding monthy Anything But Car (ABC) Days. Simply, students are asked to arrive at school by any means…other than a car. The class with the most number of participating students receives the coveted Golden Shoe!
Last year’s ABC days were extremely successful, with over 90% participation most days. We plan to continue this tradition this school year!
ABC events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community. As many of our families already walk, bus or bike to school we will be celebrating the choices we already make. For others this is a great opportunity to think about alternative ways of travelling around our city.
Friendly reminder: Biking & scootering on school property is prohibited & any damage or theft of these items is not the responsibility of the school.
A.B.C Day F.A.Q.’s
1. Why should I participate?
There are numerous reasons why we should participate in an ABC day:
a. Exercise – Fifty-seven per cent of Canadian young people are so sedentary that it is harmful to their health, and only 38% of Canadian girls and 48% of boys are active enough for it to benefit their health. There is much evidence that suggests that driving to school is having a big impact on our children’s health and safety.
Add to this the fact that children today spend up to 80 minutes a day – or an average of 20 hours per week – watching television and playing computer games at home, and you have a large number of children with little or no opportunity to get to know their neighbourhoods through unstructured play.
b. Health/Environment – Cars contribute to air pollution around the school – smog is actually often worse on side streets where many of our schools are located. In one study, on a normal summer day in a Toronto school yard, ozone levels approached 70 parts per billion in the afternoon, and 14 air toxins of concern were detected in levels exceeding cancer risk levels of more than one in a million.
c. Safety – With fewer parents walking to their children to school and monitoring their sidewalks, children who do have to walk to school alone are left even more vulnerable to the dangers of traffic, bullying, harassment and abduction. Twenty per cent of Canadian parents who don’t feel safe about letting their children walk to school say they would let them do it if it was safe. One solution is in our hands.
2. What if I live too far away and off the transit system?
We want as many families to participate as possible but realise that for some of us, it just doesn’t make sense. If you are one of those families, please consider parking your car a few blocks from the school and walking in with your child. Perhaps meet up with friends. Take the opportunity to start a discussion with your child about ABC Day. Every little bit helps!
3. What if I just don’t have the time?
If time is against you most mornings and ABC Day seems impossible, consider asking a friend or neighbour if they could help you out. Perhaps your area could start a walking school bus.
4. None of these options or ideas will work for me. How will it make my child feel to be left out of ABC Day?
ABC Day at Davisville is about promoting change and healthy, environmentally conscience living. No one will be left out of this. If the timing isn’t right for your family, that’s okay.
Whether you walk, bike, bus or drive to school, we are making a change to our community one step at a time. The fact that our children will learn about eco-options is definitely a step in the right direction – regardless of how we get there!
To contact the Eco Schools committee, please use the form below.