Safe Routes to School, led by Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, are making a difference to reduce the number of child pedestrian deaths and injuries in our communities. International Walk to School day is a fun and interactive way to promote walking to school safely. This one-day event which involves communities from more than 40 countries began in 1997. Over time, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. Today, thousands of schools across America - from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico - participate every October.
This event celebrates the joys of walking and opens the eyes of students, families, schools, and community leaders. Walk to School Day events can be simple or elaborate.
Some Helpful Steps:
Follow this link to register your school: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/registration/
Ideas to Consider:
- Choose a centralized meeting point and time to gather.
- A nearby church, YMCA, Recreation Center, mall parking lot, etc.
- Secure approval to gather at this location.
- Invite local law enforcement/fire rescues to attend or make aware of the event.
- Publicize your event through: announcements, emails, newsletters home to parents.
- Generate excitement with your students.
- Principals, AP, Volunteers greet students and parents on the day of your event.
- Principal or AP speak to the students and parents to explain the environmental benefits of walking, as well as following pedestrian safety rules.
- The group then forms a parade line, walking to school carrying signs and banners.
- Stickers, wristbands and other incentive items: A small reward can be distributed for participation.
- Pre-event pedestrian safety: Walk to School Day events can be a great way to cap off pedestrian safety education.
- Guests: Invited guests (local celebrities, a City Mayor, or Mascots) might walk with students or speak to them when they arrive.
- Refreshments: Reach out to your local grocery store or restaurant for donations.
Website Resource: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/
For additional information, sign-ups or volunteer opportunities please email Tiffany Sabiel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Judge Karl Grube Award - Pinellas County
The Judge Karl Grube "Extra Mile" award will be given to a school that demonstrates outstanding achievement in its participation in the Safe Routes to School International Walk to School Day Initiative. In order to be selected for the award, you must meet the following criteria:
- Participates in International Walk to School Day and continue annually
- Implements a walking school bus program, bike train, or a program that continues to promote pedestrian/bicycle safety education
- Partakes in student education on pedestrian/bicycle safety programs annually
- Implements pedestrian/bicycle safety related activities or programs that are student-initiated or students-directed PSA, etc.
- Provides follow-up opportunities for bicycle/pedestrian safety activities
- Demonstrates outstanding ability to relate bicycle and pedestrian safety information to its student body in an engaging manner for lasting benefit