Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB

Dawn Danko On Walking To School

Dear Friends in Ward 7:

The ability to walk to school is a fundamental right that should be enjoyed by all children on the Central Mountain.

However, by closing walkable community schools and building large big-box schools, the Public School Board has been on a path that leaves parents no option but to drive their kids to school.

This is not healthy for our students, and it is not healthy for our society.

Please read my thoughts on the importance of walking to school below.

Sincerely,

Dawn Danko

Public School Trustee Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSB, Marlon Picken, Sarah Warry-Poljanski

Walkable Neighbourhood Schools Are The Heart of Safe, Vibrant Neighbourhoods!

When my husband and I purchased our house on the Hamilton Central Mountain, we specifically bought in a location that would allow our children a safe and easy walk to school.

Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSBHowever, with the Public School Board’s decision to close Hill Park Secondary School, our children will no longer be able to walk to high school.

With the upcoming elementary school closures across the Central Mountain, this same fate is now falling on many other students.

Busing Teaches Children To Be Commuters

Students that are forced to sit in a car or on a bus at a young age in order to get to school are much more likely to accept this behavior as normal as they get older.

By busing students to school, we are effectively teaching them to be commuters when they grow up.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSBCommuting To School Is Unhealthy

There is concern everywhere about the growing rates of childhood obesity.  Walking promotes both good physical health and good mental health.

Providing students the ability to walk to school is one of the most basic things we can do to promote the health of children.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSBBusing Is Unfair

Busing students to school creates inequality in two ways.

First, students that happen to be within walking distance to school benefit from the physical and mental aspects of walking. Students that are bussed do not.

Second, students that have parents who have the time and resources to drive them to school can participate in after school programming, have more time for homework and follow a normal school day schedule.  Students that are bussed have to incorporate the time they spend doing nothing but sitting on a bus into their schedule.

Trustee Dawn Danko Hamilton Central Mountain Ward 7 Public School Trustee 2014 Municipal Election HWDSBWalkability Must Be Taken Seriously In Decision Making

The ability for students to walk to school is not currently taken seriously in the decision making process at the Public School Board.

Yes, funding and enrollment projections are important, but the geographic locations of schools that allow students to walk must be preferred over locations where students must be bussed.

This is especially important for existing established neighbourhoods where walking to a local community school is already the norm.

WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS SAY ABOUT DAWN DANKO

Kids today don't know how to think for themselves and think they deserve everything. I'm voting for Dawn because she will bring some reality back to education.

Grandfather of Two, Father of Three

I was at the meeting at Sherwood High School on October 7 to check out the candidates for trustee for ward 7. I was impressed with Dawn Danko.  I had read what she had written in the Mountain News and saw the election signs in our neighbourhood, but otherwise knew nothing about her.  She was challenged twice during the meeting, but she didn’t back down from the issues.  She was able to explain her position in a concise, professional and confident manner.  I see her as someone who wouldn’t back down from difficult issues and would fight for what she is passionate about for the families and schools in ward 7.  She has my vote for trustee.

Mother of five, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain

If you're looking for someone to shakeup the school board - Dawn is definitely the person for the job.

Resident - Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain

Dawn Danko will make an amazing Public School trustee.  I don't know of anyone else that knows as much mixing formal education with real world experience.

Please join me and vote Dawn Danko for Ward 7 Public School Trustee.

 

Resident - Hamilton Central Mountain

Dawn does what she thinks is right and won't take no for an answer.

Resident - Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain

 

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