Wednesday – International Walk to School Day
Join schools around the world and walk to school today!
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.
There are many different ways to show students, families and communities that walking or bicycling to school is a fun and feasible way to travel. In general, events are structured 3 ways, with many variations to each. The basics of these 3 event templates are explained below.
Activity – Students and staff are encouraged to walk or bicycle from home to school. They might join other families and form groups in their neighborhoods to travel to school together. If students are unable to participate consider organizing walks during a school assembly, recess or as part of a class activity. These events can foster a lifelong appreciation for walking and bicycling and develop important safety skills. They’re also the easiest way to include every student.
Competition – Track the number of students who participate in each classroom or homeroom. The room with the highest percentage of participation wins.
Additional Walking Games – The Walk to School Game