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International Walk to School Day

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What is International Walk to School Day (iWalk)? 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 to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking and need for Safe Routes to School. It began in 1997 as a one-day event, and has become the signature fall event for the year-round Safe Routes to School movement. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam – participate in a variety of ways every October.

When is International Walk to School Day? Walk to School Day is held annually on the Wednesday of the first full week in October. The dates for the coming years are:

  • Walk to School Day 2017 – October 4
  • Walk to School Day 2018 – October 10

Remember that all of October is Walk to School Month, and schools are encouraged to host events whenever is most convenient for them.

Why should my school participate in Walk to School Day? Participating in iWalk and hosting an event is the perfect way to encourage walking to school, teach safe pedestrian skills, and kick off a Safe Routes to School program for the school year. Most importantly, it’s fun for everyone! Be sure to check out the iWalk resources below to help plan your school’s iWalk event.

What if students can’t walk to school? Even if students live too far or are unable to walk all the way to school, they can meet up with their classmates at a designated spot nearby and walk from there. Or the school can host a Walk at School event, where all students are invited to walk around the school grounds before class begins, during recess or enrichment classes.

 

Walk to School Day in Virginia

The popularity of Walk to School Day continues to increase each year. In 2016, Virginia schools hosted a total of 300 events.

Thank you to everyone who helped plan, register an event on www.walkbiketoschool.org and participated with their school on Walk to School Day. All of your work helped us reach our 2015 goal of 300 events, and beat last year’s total by 18 schools.

 

Tuckahoe Elementary, Arlington

Waterman Elementary, Harrisonburg

Ginter Park Elementary, Richmond

 

Walk to School Day Resources

VDOT Resources

Learn it. Do it. Live it! Event Ideas First Time Tips For Planning a SRTS Event How to Plan a Walk or Bike to School Event in 7 Days

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Conduct a Walk or Bike Audit How to Organize Park and Walk Sites  

 

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Event Flyers

  Call for Volunteers Event Flyer Blank Flyer

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Communication Tools

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Announcement Script Press release template and instructions Media Advisory template

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Incentives

  Stickers Punch cards You Did It! Certificates
Walk with me to school tomorrow! I walked to school today!

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Coloring Book

 

 

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National Center for SRTS Resources                 

Visit www.walkbiketoschool.org for more advice and customizable resources.

Page last modified: March 16, 2017