Traverse City Smashes Walk To School Day Record


With the support of an entire community – elected officials, police officers, school district administrators, principals, teachers, parents, sponsors, community partners and many, many volunteers – Traverse City students obliterated the old Walk To School Day record (528 in 2015) with an incredible 847 today. Amazing!

Congratulations to the Eastern Elementary Stars who rallied an incredible 69% – 69%!!! – of its student body (PreK-5th grade) to walk. With an awfully effective Get On The Walk campaign, they ran away with the Most Walk-tastic Award again. Great job, Eastern! Congrats

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in this historic day. We’re going to work hard to keep the momentum going so that walking/biking to school EVERYday becomes the new normal in Traverse City. Happy, active, ready to learn kids must be a community priority.

Stay tuned for more news on a possible large Safe Routes To School infrastructure grant to address barriers to students actively getting themselves to neighborhood schools here in Traverse City.

The numbers:

Eastern: 216 walkers
Willow Hill: 169
Central Grade: 124
St. Francis: 122
TCAPS Montessoru @ Glenn Loomis: 112
Traverse Heights: 43
Westwoods: 32
East Middle School: 8
Immaculate Conception: 6
Greenspire: 5
Holy Angels: 5
West Middle School: 4
St Elizabeth Ann Seton: 1
Home School: 1

* All students who walked/biked from home or a Park & Stroll location counted as did students who walked at least 5 minutes/biked 10 minutes to their bus stop. Home schooled students who walked at least 5 minutes to start their day also counted.

A Very Smiley Walk To School Day

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