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.

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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.” For more details click here.

Ted Fairhurst (right), seen here with Commissioner Joseph Lalla and students in front of Elizabeth Ballantyne.