Feet First invites you to participate in the WALKTOBER challenge. Our goal this year is to chart 132 million steps — that’s 25,000 miles — the distance it takes to circumnavigate the earth.
Walk to School. Join this friendly competition to boost the number of children walking to your school. Events may be single-day walks, month-long campaigns, or anything in between. With the goal of getting more children participating walking to school this year, Feet First is reaching out to all public and private elementary and middle schools in Washington, which totals over 2,200 schools in all! Get your school moving and more children walking.
If you are planning a single-day walk, a month-long campaign, or anything in between for WALKTOBER event, get a head start on the school year. Now this is the time to put together your team. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and parents of your children’s playmates — anyone you know who cares about walking to school. Ask them to join your WALKTOBER event planning team. Recruiting now will really pay off once fall arrives.
Three steps to create a successful WALKTOBER event at your school:
- Enlist a parent volunteer to own the campaign from start to finish.
Take or share the lead. This can be you or someone else you know who is willing to take on the organizer role.
- Build a core team. At least 2 parent volunteers and 1 staff person is ideal.
Don’t go alone. Getting others on board early will help you every step of the way. Call your friends and acquaintances today and ask them to be on your WALKTOBER team. Plan a summer get together to talk it over. Picture a school staff person you’d like to have on your team. This could be the school nurse, crossing guard supervisor, or an enthusiastic teacher. If you can contact them during the summer, great! Otherwise, prepare yourselves to ask them to join you as soon as they return to work in late August.
- Present at PTA and staff meetings to find more champions and cheerleaders.
Contact your principal or PTA president. Get guaranteed time on the first meeting agenda of the year (20 minutes should do it). This meeting is another chance to recruit volunteers and build your team.
Once you have a core team created, you will be able to start planning your WALKTOBER event.
This will allow you to get news, tips, and free resources as you plan your WALKTOBER events. Check out our Walktober Portfolio to give you some ideas to support your efforts. Soon we will be announcing prizes from our sponsors, so register your school today and stay tuned! For more information about WALKTOBER and Walk to School events, email firstname.lastname@example.org.