Although it may look a bit different than in years past, over 120 Alameda County schools have signed up to participate in International Walk & Roll Week from today, October 19, 2020 through Friday, October 23, 2020, enjoying the health benefits of walking, riding, rolling, and/or scooting around their neighborhoods. In response to schools continuing to implement distanced learning, the annual event, which has traditionally been International Walk and Roll to School Day, will be a week-long celebration.
Organized by Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) Program, International Walk & Roll Week encourages using active transportation modes to and from school and teaches walking and biking safety to students throughout Alameda County.
Organized around daily themes, students, their families and teachers will participate in an array of activities aimed at encouraging physical activity and healthy habits through safe biking, rolling, and walking behavior. It will also be a chance for students to celebrate their school and community spirit from their own neighborhood. Participating students and families will be able to use an International Walk and Roll Week passport for students to track their activity throughout the week and submit the passport to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win prizes.
The themes for each day of International Walk & Roll Week are:
- Monday: Explore your neighborhood
- Tuesday: Show off colorful and kooky socks on your walk or roll!
- Wednesday: Dress up as your favorite character from a book!
- Thursday: Put on your silliest hat and take it for a spin!
- Friday: Be kind to the environment – identify three trees on your street.
To learn more, please visit the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program International Walk & Roll Week webpage. And beyond the week itself, the Safe Routes to Schools program provides resources for continuing this spirit throughout the year by celebrating a Walk and Roll day once a month, every week, or even each school day.