International Walk (and Bike!) to School Day 2018

Welp, it always sneaks up on us as the school year begins and the weather starts to turn but don’t let it pass you by! Celebrate International Walk to School Day with kids around the globe!

Wednesday October 10th is the official day, but here in WI few call it WALKtober and encourage our friends and neighbors to celebrate any day this month that works for your school! In the past some schools combine costume parade closer to Halloween to make it extra fun!

Here are some tips to get a last minute event planned!

http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/plan/how-to-plan/plan-an-event-in-7-days/

Also if you are having an event please register it here! http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/registration/
Here are a few highlights of events form around the state.

MILWAUKEE

Perennial walk/bike supporters in MPS are hosting fun events including walking school buses, bike trains, meet ups, and school spirit days…

MADISON

The Wisconsin Bike Federation’s Safe Routes to School Madison team will be participating at the WOW (Walk or Wheel) challenge at Mendota Elementary School in Madison’s northside for the annual National Walk to School Day on October 10. Three will be two “Walking Buses” routes that will depart at 7:15 am for children and families to participate. Snacks and prizes will be given to participants. The Safe Routes To School program in Madison is in partnership with the Healthy Kids Collaborative.
The WOW Challenge is a one-week walking and biking competition between Dane County schools that is happening this October. To find more about the WOW challenge follow the link below:

EAST CENTRAL REGION

Lots of great info and events happening check this link for info

http://eastcentralsrts.org/

OCONTO COUNTY

Safe Kids Oconto County is excited to have 2 Oconto County schools participate in International Walk to School Day this year! Lena School District and Oconto Elementary will be participating.  The events are taking place in the morning, before school starts, on Wednesday, October 10th.  We have developed a number of new partnerships with the events and the communities/schools are very excited! FedEx is the program sponsor for this event.

We are looking for several volunteers for Lena’s event.  We will be offering Clifford Takes a Walk readings to students in 4K-1st grades at Lena on October 8th & 9th leading up to the event.  I am planning to schedule the readings with the teachers today and will email the times when I have them set.  We are also looking for volunteers for registration, mascots, handing out refreshments, chaperoning and walking with the kiddos, etc. the morning of the event.  For Oconto’s event we are looking for coalition members to represent Safe Kids Oconto County and walk with the kids. Volunteer times would be approximately 7:15 AM-8:30 AM.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you are able to help! If interested contact

Danielle Risner, LPN

Public Health Technician/Safe Kids Oconto County Coordinator

Oconto County Public Health

Email:  danielle.risner@co.oconto.wi.us 

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