This is Minnesota, the land of snowmobiling, ice fishing, hockey, cross-country skiing and fat biking – why wouldn’t we throw a Walk (and Bike) to School Day party in the middle of the winter? Dig out your hats and gloves, organize your volunteers and get stepping for Winter Walk to School Day, February 6, 2019.
The idea is simple: go for a walk for at least 15 minutes, and don’t let the cold scare you off. Celebrations can start small or include the entire school – just do something!
Click here to get registered for Minnesota’s Winter Walk to School Day and we’ll support your efforts with materials and incentives to get your school moving.
Each Winter Walk to School Day Minnesota Safe Routes to School asks participating schools to submit stories and photos of their event to compete for the Golden Snow Boot Award.
In 2017, Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School participated in their first Winter Walk to School Day by dropping almost 100% of students at a community center about a mile away from the school. Pilot Knob said they "traveled through parks and trails, crunched through the snow, slipped on some ice and traversed some hills. It was a cold and fairly slow journey, but we enjoyed watching the beautiful sunrise and great community building during our walk.”
While you prepare to market and execute a successful event at your school, consider using many of the pre-made tools that MnSRTS has provided to reach out to parents, teachers and community members by email, enews, social media and posters/flyers.
Winter has arrived, but that doesn’t mean an end to children walking to school. With the right preparation, walking to school in the winter can be fun and enjoyable! Follow these six helpful tips to encourage students to continue walking to school all winter long: