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Chilcotin Road Elementary installs active travel-themed mural

The mural was unveiled just as school let out for the summer

Students, teachers, parent advisory council (PAC) members and community supporters celebrated a new mural on the side of Chilcotin Road Elementary School on June 27.

Installed just in time to be celebrated before school let out for the summer, the mural was a collaborative school-wide project.

Artist Sarah Sigurdson, whose daughter attends the school, worked with students to create the design and then painted the mural herself.

Jane Wellburn, who led the project, as part of a BC Healthy Communities Active School Travel pilot project grant, said a few words thanking Sigurdson, school administration, school district trustees and her fellow PAC members and the funders.

The mural was a combination of input from every class in the school, and featured some of the things students might see while walking or biking to school as well as some fantasies straight from student imaginations on ways to get to school.

From riding dinosaurs and cougars to being carried by an eagle, all the way to riding their own bicycles, the students imagined a world where active travel was an everyday adventure.

The mural also included wild roses and the view of the lake students can catch glimpses of.

Sigurdson painted the mural onto panels which were then installed on the side of the building.

The mural is only one part of the work done as part of the pilot program. The PAC also hosted bike rodeos at the school, skills workshops for mothers and daughters, and conducted surveys to find out what barriers prevent students from riding or walking to school or their bus stops. A trail-building workshop and work to improve a trail which connects the school to the Westridge neighbourhood was also undertaken.

Funds for the project were provided from BC Healthy Communities and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Active School Travel program, Cariboo Regional District, and the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society.

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Ruth Lloyd

About the Author: Ruth Lloyd

I moved back to my hometown of Williams Lake after living away and joined the amazing team at the Williams Lake Tribune in 2021.
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