Walk to School Day: October 9, 2013
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking 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. Not only is walking to school a fun family activity, there are plenty of other benefits too. Find out more!
Is your school already participating? Check here.
2013 Walk to School Day Participants
Abraham Pierson School—Clinton
Booth Free School—Roxbury
Bowers Elementary School—Manchester
Center Road School—Vernon
Charles Wright Elementary School—Wethersfield
Daisy Ingraham Elementary School—Westbrook
Duggan Elementary School—Waterbury
Emerson-Williams Elementary School—Wethersfield
Highcrest Elementary School—Wethersfield
Jared Eliot Middle School—Clinton
John G. Prendergast School —Ansonia
Julian Curtiss Elementary School—Greenwich
Latimer Lane School—Simsbury
Levin G. Joel, Jr. School—Clinton
North Stonington Elementary School—North Stonington
Pearson Intermediate School—Winsted
Philip R Smith Elementary School—South Windsor
Skinner Road School—Vernon
Tootin' Hills Elementary School—West Simsbury
Webb Elementary School—Wethersfield
West Woods Elementary School
How can you and your kids participate in the 2013 Walk to School?
1. Walk from home. This is great for students and families who live close enough to walk to school on a safe route.
How it’s done: Encourage students and their families to walk to school. They might join other families and form groups in their neighborhoods to travel to school together.
2. Walk from a designated starting point. This is great for families who live too far to walk, families with limited routes for walking, bus riders and children with disabilities.
How it’s done: Identify one or more locations where students and their families will gather to walk or bike to school together or where families can park and make their way to school when they’re ready.
3. Walk at school. This is great for families who live too far to walk, have limited routes for walking, bus riders, children with disabilities or times when few parents can participate with this children.
How it’s done: Walk at school during an assembly, recess or as part of a class activity. These events can foster a lifelong appreciation for walking nd develop important safety skills. They’re also the easiest way to include every student.
It's important to teach kids pedestrian safety skills. Find out some useful resources and tips to teach kids at home or for teachers to teach in the classroom on the importance of having these skills. More information here.
More Useful Planning Links
Is this your school's first time planning a Walk to School Day? Don't worry, we have you covered. First-timers learn more here.
Help Your School Plan a Walk to School Day in Just 7 Days. Learn more here.
Teachers can also integrate their lesson plans to include information on walking. Click here for some lesson plan ideas for every subjects.