Amherstburg Public School joins ASRTS initiative


By Joel Charron

You can add Amherstburg Public School to the growing list of schools joining the Active and Safe Routes to School Initiative.

Amherstburg Public School officially joined ASRTS Wednesday morning. After a brief assembly in the school’s gymnasium, staff, students and community volunteers went out for a walk around town. Among the community members were Amherstburg police Const. Melissa Taylor, Amherstburg planning co-coordinator Lory Bratt and Greater Essex County District School Board chair Helga Bailey.

Amherstburg Public School was the second school to join the ASRTS Initiative last week; Ecole St-Jean Baptiste officially adopted the ASRTS, kicking it off in similar fashion.

“We were looking for ways to get you active. We want you to be safe,” said Amherstburg Public’s principal Chris Mills.

Mills stated that the school’s desire is to keep everyone “fit and healthy.”

He mentioned that the ASRTS initiative might also solve the school traffic congestion problem they have before and after school.


Amherstburg Public School students took a stroll along its safe routes Wednesday morning.

“We are looking for ways to ease the congestion in the parking lot,” said Mills.

Mills also added that not having as many idling cars in the parking lot coincides with its eco-schools initiative.

Public health nurse and chair of the ASRTS coalition Carolle Walters said the initiative is a way to get parents and children to start thinking healthy and stay active.

Along with keeping safe along school routes Walters stressed the importance of obeying traffic law.

She told the students to look both ways before crossing the road and not to walk out from in between parked cars.

“We want you to walk in groups. We want you to walk with friends and family,” said Walters. “We want you to stay safe and we want you to have fun.”

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