On October 2, or as we like to call it, Walktober, students around the world will participate in International Walk to School Day. This year’s event will mark 5 years of participation for our program, though we acknowledge schools across our city have been hosting events before the inception of our Richmond City Safe Routes to School, we’re very excited to celebrate this milestone! Our program partners with administrators, faculty, PTAs, parents, and community members at our participating schools to plan and deliver events at our participating schools, but we also support the planning process for other RPS schools, and we’d love to keep that roster growing. Since 2010, Virginia has registered more events every year, with a whopping 364 registered events in 2018. Our state ranked 2nd nationally in the number of events that were registered to Walk and Bike to School Day!

Ms Ebanks, the Fairfield Court Elementary School principal, poses with her students, and their WTSD 2018 SWAG.

If your school is interested in hosting a Walk to School Day event, but don’t know where to begin, we can help! Email us at srts@grfit4kids.org. There are a lot of great resources for planning your first event across the Internet. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a WTSD planning veteran, it’s really important that you register your event at Walk & Bike To School Day. Virginia Safe Routes to School has set a goal of 400 events across the state for 2019. Will your new event be the one to help us reach that goal?