2022/10/05 08:00:00

Countdown to Walk to School Day 2022!

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Walk to School Day (W2SD) is an international event celebrated each year in October. This annual event began in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America, to encourage walkable communities and has grown to an international event that takes place in over 40 countries worldwide. In Michigan, over 90,000 students across 304 schools participated in W2SD events at their local schools last year. Walk to School Day encourages healthy habits, heightens awareness of traffic safety, draws attention to environmental concerns around schools, and is a great way to build local momentum for a Safe Routes to School initiative.

 

W2SD 2021 officially takes place on October 6. However, we are encouraging schools and individual families alike to walk and bike to school or around their neighborhood throughout the month of October. W2SD will be celebrated in conjunction with ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) Day. More details on the 2021 Walk to School Day and ACES Day events will be coming soon!

 

We especially urge teachers, students, and parents to share their experiences of Walk to School Day whenever you celebrate. You can share your Walk to School Day photo, video, or even an artistic representation of your experience by tagging us on social media using these handles:

  • Facebook @saferoutesmichigan
  • Instagram @saferoutesmichigan
  • Twitter @saferoutesmi

 

The 2021 walk and bike to school combined theme is coming soon!

 

Interested in joining the fun again or for the first time? You can participate anytime during the year, you don’t need a special day!

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Walk to School Day (W2SD) is an international event celebrated each year in October. This annual event began in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America, to encourage walkable communities and has grown to an international event that takes place in over 40 countries world-wide. Walk to School Day encourages healthy habits, heightens awareness of traffic safety, draws attention to environmental concerns around schools, and is a great way to build local momentum for a Safe Routes to School initiative.

Thank you to everyone who made W2SD and ACES a great success in 2021! In Michigan, the joint event saw 259 schools and approximately 100,000 student participants.

Interested in joining the fun again or for the first time? You can participate anytime during the year, you don’t need a special day! BUT – if you’d like to participate in Walk to School Day 2019, it will take place on October 2nd, 2019.

The 2019 Walk to School Day Theme is “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”!

Check the searchable list of 2019 registered schools (registrations from the National Safe Routes to School page are uploaded weekly).

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL FOR W2SD TODAY if you’re not on the searchable list.

Download the Walk to School Day Toolkit to start planning your event. The toolkit includes:

Visit the official Walk/Bike to School website for many more resources, including event ideas, planning tips, templates for flyers and press releases, talking points, and more.

For questions about the event, email Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator Adam Jenks or call 517-908-3816.