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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 12, 2010 Hundreds of students  from  six  elementary schools  (Royal Vale, Willingdon and St. Monica in N.D.G,; Elizabeth Ballantyne in Montreal West;  St.  John Bosco in Ville Émard; and Edward Murphy in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve) skipped the car ride on   October 6 to join their peers from around the world and take part in International Walk to School Day.

Along with their parents and staff, the students  in the West End were accompanied throughout their walk by Ted Fairhurst, who served as an honourary chairman of the annual event organized by the English Montreal School Board.  In addition to being an Elizabeth Ballantyne alumnus, Mr. Fairhurst has taken physical fitness to a new level as he recently celebrated his 63rd birthday on top of Mount Everest.

“This is a wonderful event,” said  Mr.  Fairhurst. “It’s so important for kids to get out there and walk. This is the time in their lives where they make their bodies what they will be in the future. I used to walk to school four times a day. It’s vital for good health and a good mind.”

As for the early start for Walk to School Day, which had  Mr. Fairhurst at Notre Dame de Grace park for 7:15 a.m., he said that compared to his climb of Everest, this was literally and figuratively, a walk in the park.

“On Everest, we used to get up at 2 a.m.  to start climbing all night long, so this one’s easy,” he said.

Two  local private  schools  - Lower Canada College and Centennial Academy - were invited by organizer Norman Katz, physical education teacher at Royal Vale.

Sandy Farr, the EMSB  physical education and health consultant, was pleased to see two new schools – St. John Bosco and Edward Murphy – join the event this year.


Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213