High school students the Town of Oakville wants your help! Through funding from the Ontario 150 community Capital Program, the Town of Oakville is launching the “It’s your 150! High School Challenge.” The Town wants to find out from you where are the best bike paths, crosswalks and other routes around the community that need improvement.
Keep a lookout during the month of October because the Town of Oakville will be in your high school to discuss and promote this program.
How exactly does it work? Well first you download the app Strava on your mobile device. The app will then track your trips to and from school every morning, which will give the Town insights as to how they can improve bike paths, crosswalks and other routes in the community you might take.
Strava is the social network for athletes; it has a community of millions of runners, cyclist and triathletes. It turns every smartphone into a sophisticated running and cycling computer.
Every student that signs up online to be part of this event will qualify for great prizes, including a draw for a bike.
The town is also looking for Team Leader Volunteers who will help and encourage other students in their school to track their trips.
There will be four volunteer opportunities at each high school in the community at a first come, first served basis. So if you’re in need of community service hours for your school, this will be a great opportunity, you will be able to get up to 50 of the required community hours.
Chris Clapham, Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator with the Town of Oakville says, “By volunteering and becoming an ‘It’s Your 150!’ Team Leader, students can have a positive, fun experience, support their school, and have the opportunity to complete all of their community volunteer hours.”
Other perks for participating in this program include:
- Experiencing the power of social media, GIS technology and youth working together for a better community
- Arrive at school energized and better prepared to learn
- Qualify for participation prizes at each of your school’s three mini-challenge events
For more program details and FAQs visit the Town of Oakville Website.