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International Walk & Roll to School Day

Don’t miss the fun this October 6, 2021!

Thousands of students across San Francisco will walk, bike, scoot, and roll to school on Wednesday, October 6.

The event builds yearlong excitement around getting to school in people-powered ways that are good for our health, environment, and communities.

Elementary classrooms will compete for the highest participation, with a prize package for the top classroom at every school. Middle and high school students are encouraged to participate and enter to win prizes, too.

How it works: SFUSD elementary schools

  • Get the word out to parents and caregivers. Parents, caregivers, teachers, and principals are encouraged to promote this year’s Walk & Roll to School Day in a variety of ways leading up to October 6. This can include setting up meet-up locations for students to walk together, including in your school’s newsletter, and more. Here are graphics to use in promotion; your school should receive copies of this promotional poster.
  • Get students excited and ready. All SFUSD elementary school teachers will receive a Walk & Roll participation poster to hang in their classroom before October 6. Teachers are encouraged to talk about and remind students leading up to the big day.
  • Walk and roll on October 6! On Wednesday, October 6, students will mark how they arrived at school on their classroom’s tracking poster. Here’s what the classroom Walk & Roll poster looks like.
  • Submit participation to win prizes. Teachers will submit their classroom’s results by Thursday, October 7 at 5:00PM. The winning classroom for each SFUSD elementary school will be announced the week of October 11. Prize packages and certificates will be shipped that week (including a special gift for the teacher)!

Middle and high school students can join the fun, too!

This year, SFUSD middle and high school students can also participate on October 6 for a chance to win prizes including rollerskates, scooters, and skateboards. Learn more about the middle and high school Walk & Roll to School Day.

Frequently asked questions

I’m a school liaison. Do I pick up supplies for Walk & Roll Day ahead of time? Not this year! Promotion posters and classroom participation tracking posters for elementary schools will be delivered directly to schools. One classroom per school will win the prize package, which will be shipped to the school.

How can my child or classroom win? You can help your child’s classroom win the prize package by encouraging families and students in your child’s classroom to walk or roll on October 6. You can even organize a ‘walking school bus’ to pick up other students. Check in with your child’s teacher to be sure they’re talking about Walk & Roll to School Day in the classroom to boost participation.

What ages and grades is this event for? The official event and prizes are for current students of all ages at SFUSD elementary, middle, and high schools. But anyone can walk and roll on October 6, so feel free to organize at your child’s school even if it’s not an SFUSD school.

Learn more

If you have questions, please contact Vernon Haney, Family & Schools Coordinator. Walk SF is proud to lead Walk & Roll Week as part of our role in the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Partnership.

The San Francisco Safe Routes to School Partners

This project was made possible in part by Proposition K sales tax dollars provided by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.