YVR’s School Tour program is now in full swing. Each week, approximately 270 Grade 5 students from across Metro Vancouver come for a tour of the public areas of the airport. Guided by Annalisa, Marcus and Wyanne the students experience the excitement of YVR, what they need to do when taking a flight, security requirements, airport sustainability practices and the NATO phonetic alphabet!
Elementary schools from Richmond, Vancouver, Delta, Burnaby and Coquitlam have been enthralled by the ride on the Canada Line train, the Living Wall, the Spirit of Haida Gwaii sculpture and the wide open views from their private school room and the public observation area. Key learnings for the students include facts such as 26,300 people work at YVR – always a crowd pleaser, as well as nearly 17 million passengers that fly in and out of Vancouver each year.
In looking out to the airfield, the students are fascinated by the activity of planes on taxiways, at gates and taking off. Through the telescopes, they get to see right in to the flight deck of the planes and wave at the pilots. The program encourages these young travellers of tomorrow to take time to learn about the many unique features of their airport, however often it is the accompanying teachers and parents who are just as fascinated by all the different aspects of airport life. Many note how much they enjoy the opportunity to actually stop and observe these features that make YVR an award winning facility for its customers.
A highlight from this past week was Jaeger Mah, our Live@YVR storyteller who joined a school group on their tour. Keep watching http://www.liveatyvr.ca and look for the video file coming soon on YVR School Program Tour – The Future Lands Here.
YVR School Tour program runs for ten weeks from September-November each year. Now in its third year, the program has introduced more than 6,000 Grade 5 students to their airport, instilling an interest and a fascination with everything YVR!