Story From the Sole – Alejandra Diaz and the Walking School Bus

By: Leah Wyatt   Alejandra Diaz, who has lived in the Seattle area twelve years, first connected with Feet First at a Walking School Bus training held at Roxhill Elementary School, which Alejandra’s daughter attended at the time. Alejandra, who thought the Walking School Bus sounded like a fun idea to allow children and parents in […]

Washington Schools to promote health and safety through IWALK Challenge

Over 100 Washington schools join thousands of schools worldwide in celebrating International Walk to School Month The month of October is International Walk to School Month, also known as “IWALK.” Every year, tens of thousands of schools around the country and world celebrate IWALK by organizing events to encourage more students and families to walk to […]

May Safe Routes to School Activity

Schools across Washington saw a flurry of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activity this May for Bike to School Month. Students at two schools in particular, Olympic Hills Elementary and Roxhill Elementary, celebrated getting to school using their own power through campaigns that emphasized inclusiveness and creativity. The events provided ways for all students to participate […]

Story from the Sole: Dr. Jason Mendoza and his Walking School Bus Study

By Zoe Harris   Throughout the month of May students across the country celebrate getting to school using their own power. The benefits of walking or rolling to school are myriad and many may seem obvious, but having data-driven support is invaluable to the Safe Routes to School movement. Doctor Jason Mendoza and a team of […]

Case Study in Walkability: Olympic Hills Elementary

This post follows the progress of the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) at Olympic Hills Elementary in Northeast Seattle, where planning is underway for a new school building that will open in 2017. Jen Cole, Safe Routes to School Director for Feet First, is on the SDAT and has been contributing to conversations about walkability […]

2013 IWALK Planning: Finding Champions

FINDING CHAMPIONS FOR YOUR IWALK CAMPAIGN   International Walk to School (IWALK) Month is October 2013.  If you are planning an IWALK event and want to get a head start on the school year, this is the time to put together your IWALK team. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and parents of your children’s playmates — anyone you know […]