Walk to School Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday of October every year.
In the United States, Walk to School Day was started in Chicago in 1997, and became International Walk to School Day in 2000.
In Michigan, hundreds of schools and thousands of children participate every year, with many schools planning special events to tie in with the statewide student count day.
Walk to School Day 2015—a huge success!
|Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor|
Thousands of students, from the Upper Peninsula to Detroit, got active during Walk to School Day 2015, an international event to encourage walkable communites and physical activity. This year, Michigan ranked in the top five states for numbers of participants, with over 275 schools hosting Walk to School Day on Oct. 7.
Each school decided how they wanted to celebrate the day, from simple events to those more complex. Some schools encouraged students to walk to school with family, while others organized park and walk programs for families to join. With Michigan's Count Day also on Oct. 7, Walk to School Day provided great encouragement for students.
|Delta Center Elementary School in Lansing|
Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a federal program focused on making it safe, convenient and fun for children to bike and walk to school. As an affiliate of the Michigan Fitness Foundation, and with help from the Michigan Department of Transportation, SR2S organizes this event each year.
Several schools that participated in this year's Walk to School Day had previously received SR2S grant funding for infastructure projects, to make walking and biking to school safer for students. Clague Middle School in Ann Arbor, Delta Center Elementary School in Lansing, and Central Elementary School in Muskegon celebrated their completed projects with ribbon cuttings and walking parades.
|Brownell Elementary School & Holmes 3-6 STEM Academy in Flint|
Both students and staff met Walk to School Day with high enthusiasm and energy, with many schools planning to make this an annual event.
Congrats, Michigan, on another great year!
Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator
Michigan Fitness Foundation