Walk to school month

It’s less of a ‘feet’ than you think!

Get your students moving

Walk to school month is an opportunity to spend time outside and encourage kids, students, families, and school communities to be active on the way to school.

Sign up for Walktober to help promote healthy living, and start conversations about the environment.

Participate in a way that works for you 

Participating can be as simple as promoting walking and biking through school announcements, in-class activities, hosting a school-wide walk, or coming to an event we’re hosting just for you.


October 1 – October 31, 2019

Walks | Games | Activities 

Workshops| Events

Colouring Contest

BikeWalkRoll School Travel Survey

All schools and day cares welcome!

Free & Accessible.

*DEADLINE EXTENDED*
Submit by November 7, 2019

KidMode Design Contest

w/ creativity and a chance to win prizes!

We think that streets should be about more than driving – they’re about connecting people to each other, and different places. Streets are about community, activity, and play. They’re about hopscotch, bicycles, and scooters. Think outside the box, and imagine what streets would be like if they were built for people. Use this workbook to imagine and dream. Design a hockey rink, a street, or a whole neighbouhood. 

 

Why participate?

Encourage healthy living

Biking, walking and wheeling to school is a great way for kids to get more physical activity and time outdoors

Help the planet

Active school travel reduces car trips – this reduces our carbon footprint, cuts back on greenhouse gas emissions, and improves air quality. 

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Better education

Kids who are active on the way to school have better concentration, supporting a healthy classroom environment and improving kid’s school experiences

Why Register?

For these great perks and privileges!

All registered schools get:

  • Walktober Event Kit with free event posters and promotion materials
  • Event ideas and support from the Active and Safe Routes to School Team
  • Classroom BikeWalkRoll surveys to see how your school ranks with active school travel
  • Active School Travel presentations for staff and parent councils. Request a presentation! Email denae@greenactioncentre.ca 

 

Access to:

  • Walkabout and PhotoVoice Workshop
  • Kids Can Move: Bike Blender Smoothie Presentations

    *limited availability, register now for a chance for a FREE workshop! 

 

Free SWAG:

  • Stickers
  • Tracking poster
  • Participation Certificate for your class or school

 Follow @greenactioncentre for updates!

 

Schedule & Programming

How you can participate in Walktober at your school or with your class

1

Register your school or class Walktober!

2

Choose what your school or class has capacity for – a day, a week, or a full month. Check out some ideas below!

3

Use the Walktober Event Kit
HERE

Fillable event posters, walking scavenger hunts, and classroom projects like ‘Let Grow’!

4

Start your month with KidMode: Kids Play Here – a walk and outdoor event for International Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 2 

components for your walktober

BikeWalkRoll School Travel Surveys

October 21 – 24, 2019

Each morning, take a quick 30-second hands-up survey to see how students are getting to and from school! After you’ve created your account, it’s just three easy steps each morning: 

1. Go to bikewalkroll.org and find your school on the map

2. Ask your students how they got to school with the BikeWalkRoll survey questions

3. See your BikeWalkRoll score

Learn more here

KideMODE: Design Contest

A creative contest for students, hosted by ModeShift!

When people drive their cars slowly, streets become safer for everyone. Safe streets can be used for more than just driving. . . fun stuff like riding a bike, skateboarding, drawing with chalk, or playing STREET HOCKEY! Only a kid’s imagination is the limit. 

Ask your kid, student, or entire class what they want Winnipeg to look like – a hockey rink, their street, or neighbourhood. And then have them draw it. 

Find the workbook and colouring template here

DEADLINE EXTENDED: November 7, 2019

Completed workbooks should be delivered to Green Action Centre by Oct 31. Mail or courier: Green Action Centre, C/O Denae Penner,
3-303 Portage Ave, Winnipeg MB R3B 2B4. Email denae@greenactioncentre.ca  for info or to request pickup. 

      

 

Kids Play Here: Walktober Kick-off Event

Join us at ‘Kids Play Here‘ – an outdoor event with street hockey, an activism art workshop with ArtCity, large snakes and ladders, a traffic-calming laboratory, design contest and more! Walk with your class to Ellen St @ McDermot to play, design, and create.

RSVP HERE

Or

Host your own walk to kick-off Walktober!
Pick a route, talk to your teachers, and promote your walk. Use our easy fill-able posters (available in the Walktober Event Kit) to send to parents and post around the school.

Join schools across the world on Wednesday, October 2 for International Walk to School Day, or pick a day that works with your school schedule.

  

Let Grow Project

Invite your students to try something new! Assign participating kids homework to do something they’ve never done before. In class, have the students pick something new they want to do, and then assign it as homework.

Doing new things builds confidence, independence, and resiliency, supporting healthy growth and development.

Let Grow Project – Teacher Instructions

Let Grow Project – Student-Handouts (All grades)

Let Grow Project – Student Worksheet

 

Walk a Block Zones

Ask parents to drop their kids off a block away, and walk the rest of the way to school.

You can pick a location or parking lot a couple streets away as a ‘drop off zone’, or just ask that they drop off a block away, whatever you think will work best for your school community!

Need help setting up a Walk a Block Zone? Ask us!
denae@greenactioncentre.ca 
(204) 925-37777 x114

 

Workshops

Kids Can Move: Bike Blender Presentation
30-40 minutes | Grades 1-8 | 30 students/session max.

Learn about the unlimited potential of bicycles! We discuss what we like about cycling, what cycling looks like around the world, and how to overcome barriers to cycling more often. To top it all off, we whip up delicious strawberry-banana smoothie for the group using our bike blender.

**ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE FULL. If you’re interested in having us come later in the year to your school, please drop us a line!**

Phone (204) 925-3777 x103
Email sean@greenactioncentre.ca

 

PhotoVoice: Walkabout and Scavenger Hunt
30-40 minute session | Grades 1-8 | 30 students/session max.

Learn about road safety and infrastructure with this interactive and fun walkabout and scavenger hunt! Talk about your neighbourhood and learn about the benefits of walking and cycling, road signs and intersections, and how to be safe when walking and biking. We’ll go outside on a scavenger hunt with cameras to find your favourite things, streets signs, and more! 

**ALL PRESENTATIONS ARE FULL. If you’re interested in having us come later in the year to your school, please drop us a line!**

Phone (204) 925-3777 x114
Email denae@greenactioncentre.ca

KidMode: KidS Play Here

Walktober kick-off event for International Walk to School Day!

Our kick-off event took place on International Walk to School Day, on October 2, 2019. 

Where? Outside at 95 Ellen Street (Between McDermot and Bannatyne) 

What? Using a passport, students explored different stations to learn, be outside, and get creative.

Street Hockey: Traffic Calming Installation
Large Snakes and Ladders
Bike Blender 
Chalk art

KidMode Design Contest
Traffic-calming Laboratory: Building friendly streets
 

Hike – Walk – bike – roll – Run – Skate – Play

Walktober Event Kit

Posters and materials available listed below!

Posters

Walktober Event Poster

School Event – Fillable Poster

KidMode Design Contest

Workbook for students (4 pages)

Let Grow Project

Teacher Instructions
Student Handouts (K-12)
Student Worksheet (K-6)
Student Worksheet (6-12)
Letter to Parents

Walktober Scavenger Hunt

Walk around the school to find different things!

Get in touch

(204) 925-3777 x114