Walk & Roll Challenges
The Walk & Roll To School Challenge is a fun incentive program brought to you by Safe Routes to School and implemented by the school leadership class or the SR2S champion. It is an ongoing weekly (or monthly) challenge designed to encourage students to walk, bike, scooter, bus or carpool to school more frequently throughout the school year. It can be a competition where classes compete with one another to see which class has the highest rate of participation. Hosting a Walk & Roll To School Challenge promotes fun, healthy and earth-friendly ways to get to school!
To enter your school’s Walk & Roll Participation totals, go to our ‘Walk & Roll School Performance Tracking’ site here.
To download our Tip Sheet for Walk & Roll Champions, go to our Champions’ Page.
Here are some of the schools that have Walk & Roll programs:
La Cumbre Junior High is now in its third year of a very successful Walk & Roll Challenge. The student leadership class is in charge of creating buzz about the event. This is how it works for junior high schools: Home rooms compete against each other, with teachers taking counts once a week. The winning class is determined at the end of each semester and rewarded with a cool field trip. Last year’s winning class went to Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond! Principal Jo Ann Caines herself, pictured at left with some of her students on Walk to School Day, is in charge of the program.
If you’re a La Cumbre Junior High Teacher, you can access & record your Walk & Roll info using the Tally Sheet and Instructions links above.
Cold Spring School in Montecito has been hosting a Walk & Roll Wednesday for two years now. It’s not a competition…parents and students just do it. The school has had an active Safe Routes to School program for several years, including Walk to School Day, Bike to School Day, safety presentations, and bicycle rodeos. Supported by a grant from Santa Barbara Beautiful, parents created a landscaped area in front of the school where children can walk safely. Local artist Ben Ciccati contributed this beautiful poster to publicize the event, and it really took off! The program is led by parent and SR2S champion Tracey Willfong Singh.
Brandon School in Goleta has a very successful BOW WOW (Bike on Wednesday, Walk on Wednesday) program, now in its fifth year! It is led by parent and SR2S champion Ruth McGolpin. Classrooms compete against one another for the largest number of walkers and bikers, scooters and skateboarders, with teachers taking counts every Wednesday. Ruth puts out banners (pictured) in the beginning of the year to remind students and teachers of the program. These remain up all year. She also sends out teacher E-Mails and puts articles in Friday folders and school newsletters to keep the buzz going. Last year, the winning class had an amazing participation rate of 76%! This class was rewarded with a field trip to Zodo’s Bowling & Beyond, sponsored by the PTA.
Montecito Union School also has a great weekly Walk & Roll program. Read all about it in this recent news article!