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Minnesota Winter Walk to School Day is February 7

Students at Elton Hills elementary walking in front of school on a snowy day

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 7, 2018.

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.

Golden Snowboot Award

photo of golden snow boot award for 2017

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.

Last year, 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.”

Is this the year your school will win? Submit your stories to dave.cowan@state.mn.us by February 9, 2018 to be entered.

 

Winter Walk to School Marketing Toolkit

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.

image of winter walk day marketing tools

Click here to explore the Winter Walk to School Marketing Toolkit.

Winter Walking 101

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:

  1. Check the forecast and avoid days that are too cold, windy, or snowy.
  2. Dress in layers to help regulate your body’s temperature
  3. Keep your toes warm by wearing winter boots and warm socks
  4. Take your time, and enjoy a leisurely pace
  5. Wear hats and mittens to keep your head and hands warm
  6. Stay hydrated by drinking water before and after your walk to school