Schools - Encouragement
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Walk and Bike to School Days:
International Walk to School Day and Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day
These Safe Routes to School events encourage kids to walk or bicycle to school. MassRIDES offers sample press releases, customizable posters, and incentives to encourage your students to take part in these events.
International Walk to School Day takes place on the first Wednesday of October. It is an internationally celebrated day to raise awareness about the positive ways walking and bicycling to school can help promote a healthier lifestyle for children and communities.
Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day takes place on the first Wednesday of May and celebrates the efforts of hundreds of schools currently involved in Safe Routes to School programs in Massachusetts.
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Get tips on how to organize a Walk or Bike to School Day program at your school. Download the new "Organizing a Walk or Bike to School Day Checklist."
Host a monthly themed fun walk, e.g. Turkey Trot, Snowman Saunter. Encourage students to participate through costumes or themed prizes.
Invite local celebrities to join walking/biking day events. Celebrities could include the principal, local sports mascots, athletes or local politicians.
Start a sneaker scavenger hunt! On designated walking days, stakeholders hide a few sneakers along popular walking or biking routes. Kids who find the sneakers on their way to school earn a reward or extra points for their classroom.