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Updated December 2018

Winter Walk to School Day is Feb. 6 - Don’t forget to register!

In Minnesota, when the weather outside is frightful, we put on our hats, gloves, jackets and get ready to have some fun. Minnesota Safe Routes to School’s third annual Winter Walk to School Day is Feb. 6 and it’s,a celebration of walking, biking and playing in the coldest and snowiest days of winter. 
Help your school win the “Golden Snow Boot” award! 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.  Submit your stories to dave.cowan@state.mn.us  by Feb. 9, 2019 to be entered.
Winter Walk to School Day celebrations can start small or include the entire school – just do something! See some sample messaging below or check out all the Winter Walk to School day resources on the recently updated Safe Routes to School Resource Center.
Register here by Jan. 31, 2019, and we’ll support your efforts with materials and incentives to get your school moving.
Winter Walk to School Day Toolkit
Instructions for Winter Walk Day Toolkit (Word)
Social Media Image #1 (JPG)
Social Media Image #2 (JPG)
Social Media Image #3 (JPG)
Social Media Image #4 (JPG)
Parent Flyers (PPT)
School Flyers (PPT)
Winter Walk Day Sample Text (Word)
Walk Zone Poster/Flyer (PPT)

Save the Date – SRTS Statewide Meet-Up

Mark your calendars for May 21, to attend a Statewide Safe Routes to School Meet-up.  This event will provide time to learn about SRTS resources, innovative strategies,and meet fellow colleagues working across the state.  This event will be hosted by MnDOT, MDH and Center for Prevention at Blue Cross.  More details and registration will be out soon!

Safe Routes to School Academy Applications – Now Open

Whether you are just launching SRTS or trying or need help energizing an existing SRTS team, consider applying for a SRTS Academy workshop! These workshops are tailored to fit your needs and offered to interested communities on an ongoing basis. The workshop is taught by a combination of SRTS practitioners from MDH, MnDOT and Blue Cross and provide a customized approach to advancing SRTS in your community.
At a SRTS workshop, local, county and regional staff, along with advocates, learn how to plan and support SRTS efforts to create a state where all students can walk and bicycle on routes that are safe, comfortable and convenient.  Participants will designate which training module will be most applicable to their community’s SRTS goals. Target audiences include engineers, law enforcement, planners, public health practitioners, school administrators, elected officials, students, parents and advocates.
Safe Routes Academy will offer a limited number ofSRTS workshops in Minnesota through rolling applications and will be reviewed regularly.  Please complete an application and we will contact you shortly to begin planning a workshop!

Walk! Bike! Fun! Training Site Applications – Due Dec. 31!

Apply to host a Walk! Bike! Fun! Curriculum training this spring or fall to help implement walking and biking education into your school or youth programs. Teachers who attend the training receive Continuing Education Units and their school district may receive reimbursement for substitute teacher pay.
If you would like to host an educator's training in the spring, the deadline for application submission is Dec. 31.
If you would like to host an educator's training in the fall, the deadline for application submission is June 30.

Planning and Infrastructure Grants are Due Soon!

Remember applications for Planning Assistance Grants and Infrastructure Grants for Safe Routes to School are due Jan. 4, 2019. 

SRTS MN Network Calls

Please mark your calendars for the second Thursday of every month from 10 to 11 a.m. to join the Minnesota SRTS network calls. These webinars are a great way to learn about new grants and resources or find other SRTS staff to connect with across the state.  
Previous Recordings and additional information available on the Resource Center.  

Request a Walk! Bike! Fun! Ambassador Kit

Get a free kit to help you implement the curriculum or host a bike rodeo.  Fill out the application online: https://www.dot.state.mn.us/mnsaferoutes/wbf-application.html

More about MnSRTS

Visit: http://www.mnsaferoutestoschool.org
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