Walk or Roll to School Day
Beginning in May and running through August 31, schools may request a Walk or Roll to School Day kit be mailed to them in September. Sign up now.
Read how some schools celebrated Pennsylvania Walk or Roll to School Day.
Mark your calendar for October 9, 2013, and make plans to celebrate Walk or Roll to School Day 2013.
Walk to School Day is an internationally recognized day that celebrates the benefits of walking by encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school. Held annually in October, the event is designated as Walk or Roll to School Day in Pennsylvania. By promoting walking and bicycling on a designated day and generating enthusiasm for the event, Walk or Roll to School Day promoters hope to draw attention to the need for safe routes to school and to encourage children to make walking and bicycling to school a regular activity.
Walk or Roll to School Day is not a one-size-fits-all event. Communities throughout Pennsylvania, the nation, and even the world have found their own unique ways to celebrate the day.
Here are some ideas to get your school involved in this annual event:
Organize a Walk or Roll to School Day committee or task force at your school. To ensure that you have community support for the day, it is important to invite as many groups as possible to participate in the planning. Involve teachers, students, school nurses, administrators, parents, local police, municipal officials, and even your local media. Include your school’s PTO or PTA as a partner to better generate enthusiasm for the event among parents and families.
Brainstorm ideas for celebrating the day
Research Walk to School Day and find out what other communities have done to create a successful event. You may find useful resources at the International Walk to School Day and the International Walk to School Day in the USA websites.
Obtain a Walk or Roll to School Day kit from the Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School Resource Center. This kit provides resources to help a school participate in Walk or Roll to School Day and to initiate or sustain a Safe Routes to School program year-round.
Some ideas for celebrating Walk or Roll to School Day include:
- Decorate your walking routes with banners and signs that students have made ahead of time.
- Encourage parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers, police, and municipal officials to walk to school with the students that day.
- Initiate a “walking school bus” in which students who live within walking distance to the school walk together, accompanied by adults, and make “stops” along the route to school to pick up additional children. Another alternative is a “bike train” in which a group of children and parents ride bicycles to school together with other families.
- Create a festive destination when students arrive at school by decorating with banners, balloons, and flags and providing music and noise with the help of the middle or high school band and/or cheerleaders.
- Check with local grocery stores and area businesses about donating healthy snacks and giveaways for the children who participate.
Register your participation.
Once your school decides to participate in Walk or Roll to School Day, register your event with the following state and national organizations:
- Sign up at PA SRTS Resource Center for your school to receive a Walk or Roll to School Day kit. (You must sign up by August 31 to receive a mailed copy. Online kits are also available.)
- Register at International Walk to School Day in the USA.
Promote the event at your school and with the local media
Hold poster and banner contests at your school to build excitement for the event among students. Ask gym teachers use class time to focus on walking/running sessions and to highlight the health benefits of walking and bicycling. Send home materials about the benefits of walking and information about how your school will be celebrating the event.
Call the local media and encourage them to promote the event before, during, and after Walk or Roll to School Day. Ask if the local weatherman can broadcast his weather reports that morning from the school, or encourage a reporter to join children participating in a walking school bus in a neighborhood near the school.
Walk or Roll to School Day Resources
- Teachers & School Officials
- About SRTS
- Lesson Plans
- Parents & Guardians
- About SRTS
- Local Government Officials
- About SRTS
- Law Enforcement Officers