2020/10/07 08:00:00

Countdown to Walk to School Day 2020!

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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. 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.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bike to School Day (B2SD) was rescheduled to the same day as W2SD. This year, the combined events take place on October 7.  To acknowledge the many forms of learning calendar adjustments taking place across the state right now, we are encouraging schools and individual families alike to walk and bike to school or around their neighborhood throughout the month of October.

 

We urge teachers, students, and parents to share their experiences every Wednesday with our Walk and Wheel Wednesdays. Participants are eligible for fun prizes from us and are entered to win a bike courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance Michigan at the end of the month when posting a photo, video, or artistic representation of their experience to social media while using the hashtag #saferoutesmi!

 

The 2020 walk and bike to school combined theme is “Walk and Bike to the Beat!” We invite all schools and families to officially register for the event so we can acknowledge your participation and support your event. We put together a list of social distancing guidelines for all participants.

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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. 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 2020 officially takes place on October 7th, however in an effort to capture the many forms of learning that are taking place across the state right now, we are encouraging schools and individual families alike to walk and bike to school or around their neighborhood throughout the month of October.

 

We especially urge teachers, students, and parents to share their experiences every Wednesday with our Walk and Wheel Wednesdays. By posting a photo, video, or even an artistic representation of your experience to our social media by tagging us, participants will be eligible for fun prizes! Every Wednesday we will pick a prize winner in the month of October that will receive cool Safe Routes School gear! Please stay tuned for other exciting prize opportunities to be announced soon. You can share your Walk to School Day experience and tag us on social media using these handles:

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

 

The 2020 walk and bike to school combined theme is “Walk and Bike to the Beat!” This year we are offering the opportunity to both schools and individual families to officially register for the event. Your registration will allow us to acknowledge your participation and help us support your event.

 

To have the safest and most enjoyable experience, we have a list of COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and information available.

 

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!

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:

For additional questions about Walk to School Day, please contact Adam Jenks, Program Coordinator.

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.