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Walk To School Day
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
International Walk to School Day brings together thousands of schools to host students, school administration, community members and elected officials to celebrate a walk to school. Get Inspired! Citywide Walk to School Day 2013 was a huge success with over 50 schools hosting events!
Why Walk to School Day? Have fun, increase physical activity, improve health, and highlight walking, bicycling and traffic concerns! “The City of Los Angeles Walk to School Day is a phenomenal first step for the City to make students visible and promote Safe Routes to School everywhere!” Ivanhoe Event Volunteer Organizer
Be a Walk to School Day volunteer organizer. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), in partnership with the Unified School District (LAUSD), support Walk to School Day and provide training, planning support, promotional materials and incentives for your event.
Walk to School Day Overview
What is Walk to School Day?
Walk to School Day is a yearly national event that happens at thousands of schools. Students, parents, school personnel and other community members experience the walk to school as they walk together on the day of the event. The event seeks to generate wider teachings about the importance of physical activity, awareness of the fun of walking, and early identification of safety concerns.
Why Should My School Participate in Walk to School Day?
Walk to School Day is a great way to celebrate walking to school and highlight activities at your campus that can increase physical activity, improve health, and address personal and traffic safety concerns.
How will LADOT help?
LADOT will assist with registration, provide organizer training and promotional materials, and be available to provide support for the event.
How far can students be expected to walk?
As a rule of thumb, walking routes should be no longer than one mile. Walking School Bus meeting spots should be between 1/4 – 1/2 mile from the school.
What if it is not safe to walk in my neighborhood?
You could organize an on-campus Walk at School event, or work with trusted neighborhood partners.
Why should I volunteer?
This is a great opportunity to help encourage children to walk to school leading to healthy habits and improved safety around school campuses. Volunteers are needed to ensure that the event is safe and successful.
Thank you for considering being a host for Walk to School Day 2014! Volunteer organizers can be a parent, program provider, community member affiliated with their local school. Organizers are the main contact for the event and arrange for 5 – 10 volunteers to help plan and host simple activities on Walk to School Day. The volunteer team ensures that the event is safe and successful.
LADOT will provide organizers with registration, training and promotional materials, along with other requested support for the event.
Essential Organizer Materials
The WALK TO SCHOOL DAY 2014 PLANNING SCHEDULE provides essential materials for a step by step guide to activities and their supporting materials to help you host a Walk to School Day that is right for you and your school. Download materials for each step or click on the “ORGANIZER TOOLKIT” to download all the materials.
Materials for you
: This Organizer Event Checklist
(4 weeks out) is your constant companion for the weeks leading up to Walk to School Day. Check off each step as you complete it leading up to the event. The underlined items are materials that can be downloaded from this website.
Schedule a brief meeting with the principal to explain the benefits of walking to school and to get approval to host Walk to School Day in October.
Materials for you: They don’t have much time, so bring the Sample Activities worksheet from Step 1 and the Principal Meeting Worksheet to get permission to have an event, to decide what day it will take place, and agree on how the event can be publicized
Materials to share: Use this Community Newsletter Text for the school newsletter, and for the principal on Walk to School Day if s/he is able to give a brief motivational speech on the day of the event using talking points provided by our team.
to make your school eligible for Walk to School Day.
Materials for you: Leading up to Walk to School Day, we will be providing access to essential organizer information, free posters and other outreach material, kids’ incentives, and organizer training, safety tips and other support as you need it. When you register, we will reach out to you with information about Event Organizer Trainings, and new information as it becomes available.
Once you have approval to host an event, you can begin distributing flyers and e-blasts to parents and program providers to raise awareness about Walk to School Day and to recruit volunteers.
Materials for you: Use this Volunteer Contact Form to collect names, contact information, and desired roles so we can help you qualify them to participate.
Materials to share: Attach the Parent Outreach Flyer to an email, or if you need printed copies, please contact us. If you prefer to use e-blasts, copy and paste the information in the Parent Outreach Text and Community Newsletter Text into emails or newsletters to your school parents. Your Sample Activities Worksheet will be your guide for determining how many volunteers you need and what their roles will be. Some possible roles are greeters, photo takers, chaperones from meeting spots, and counters.
Using your sample activities worksheet as a guide, confirm the activities that will take place with your planning team. Submit the Volunteer Contact Information Form in an email to us at WTSDLA@altaplanning.com.
Materials for you: We will be sending you information about incentives and identifying apparel for qualified volunteers as it becomes available in mid-September. Use this Incentive Order Form text to copy and paste your requests into an email. Use the Event Walking School Bus Guide to pick suitable meeting spots for Walking School Buses on the event day. We will help you with this. On the day of the event, your qualified volunteers will be sent out to meet guests and families to walk in together from these points, with safety information provided.
With two weeks left, use the following materials for posting at school, sending out emails, and making phone calls. Send out the same reminders two weeks out, one week out, two days before and the day before your event.
Materials to share: Customize and print this 11×17 poster and hang it in classrooms and prominent locations at your school, or contact us if you need printed copies brought to you, along with a banner and other supplies that we will be providing you for promotion. Download, customize, and send the Parent Event Reminder Flyer as an attachment to an email or print it out, or copy and paste the Event Reminder Email Text to an outgoing email reminding parents to participate in Walk to School Day. Send the Walking Safety Tips home with students. Use the Event Reminder Phone Script if you or the Principal will be sending out phone reminders. Consider sharing the Neighborhood Flyer with local businesses to raise awareness about the event.
About an hour before the school day starts, you will need to set up the greeting table
with materials you plan to give away that day, and any other information you plan to share.
Have the organizer, chaperones, and volunteers sign this liability waiver form
at the greeting table, when they check in before the event starts.
Ask your volunteers to come at the same time to help set up, and so you can give them their identifying apparel (which we will provide) and assign them their posts for the morning.
Someone should take photos, others should be sent to school entrances to count kids walking in, others should collect quotes from kids and parents about how the experience was for them.
Refer to your completed Volunteer Contact Form from Step 4 for their planned jobs that day.
Walking school bus leaders will be sent out to meeting locations 30 minutes before with Walking Safety Tips and Walking School Bus Routes to be ready to greet families and walk together in time to get back to school.
Write thank you notes to volunteers, and collect kids activities and walkability checklists, if used. Upload your event photos to Instagram
. Look out for the post-event survey that will come to you by email. Use this survey to record information about the event that will be used to improve future Walk to School Day efforts.
Use this condensed Organizer Event Checklist
if you still want to participate, but there is only a week until Walk to School Day
! Check off each step as you complete it leading up to the event.
Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers and parents can use the Walkability Checklist to describe their walk to school.
Hand out stickers to record how students commute to school on a Tally Poster. Click here
for tips on creating a fun Tally Poster. Cut out these Tally Poster Graphics
to represent the various travel modes, or use your own.
Safe Routes to School
to make everyday Walk to School Day
For more information on the City of Los Angeles Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan
Please visit the website for more information.
Register to be an Organizer
Registration for Walk to School Day will be coming soon! Stay tuned!
It’s easy! Walk to School Day is an energizing event that reminds students and adults alike of the simple joys of walking and bicycling. For many local schools and communities, Walk to School events can lead to Walk to School days or other walking activities all year long. It also builds important support for creating and improving safer walking routes.
The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT), in partnership with the Unified School District (LAUSD) support Walk to School Day event and provide training, planning and logistics support, promotional materials, incentives for your event.