The next International Walk to School Day is October 4, 2017 — a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. This event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school with thousands of schools across America participating every October.
Why Walk to School?
Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence, and it's a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need. Replacing car trips with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions, too. Plus, your school may win the Walk to School Challenge and the Golden Sneaker trophy for a year!
The participating school with the highest percentage of walkers and bikers is awarded the Golden Sneaker trophy. (If there are barriers to walking to school, host a walk at school event instead.)
The winning school gets to display the Golden Sneaker trophy for one year. At the end of the year, the trophy is returned for the next winner. The top three schools receive a plaque to show their support for active commuting to school.
How to Participate
All Mississippi schools are welcome to participate. Schools participate as a team — it’s fun and easy to get your school involved:
- Designate a coordinator for the event, or be a coordinator by contacting your school and letting them know about Walk to School Day.
- Register your school’s walking or rolling event at walkbiketoschool.org. Make sure all items on the registration form are completed.
- Plan your walk and roll to school event for a day in October. If the infrastructure around your school doesn’t support walking, hold a walk at school event instead. Find event ideas, stories from successful events across the country, and other resources for planning at walkbiketoschool.org.
- HAVE FUN AT YOUR EVENT!
- Complete and return the follow-up survey that will be automatically emailed to you at the end of October, Walk to School Month. Once all the surveys arrive, we’ll select the winner.
Use your walk and roll event as a kickoff for a regular walk and bike to school program, like Walking Wednesdays, a Walking School Bus, or participation in the MSDH S.T.A.R.S. Program. Encourage students and their families to continue walking and biking to school from home or from an established “park and walk” location. Safety concerns? Plan a walking school bus or bicycle train.
MSDH Safe Routes to School Program Manager