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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Traverse City Walks To School Day: A Very Smiley Photo Gallery


On an absolutely gorgeous day in Northern Michigan, Traverse City turned it out big time for National Walk To School Day. All smiles today, folks. So good.

Stay tuned for the official numbers and an announcement of the Most Walk-tastic School Award.

Did you walk to school today in Traverse City? Tweet us your photos to @elgruponorte

Eastern Elementary: Traverse City’s 2015 Most Walk-tastic School


They did it again, folks. After winning this spring’s inaugural Most Bike-tastic School Award,  Eastern eked it out over Willow Hill and TCAPS Montessori yesterday.

Wow, it was close!

The numbers:

Eastern: 123
Willow Hill: 121
TCAPS Montessori:120
Traverse Heights: 45
Greenspire: 41
Central Grade: 38

Eastern’s walkers by grade:

Preschool: 10
Kindergarten: 17
1st: 23
2nd: 25
3rd: 24
4th/5th: 24

Eastern’s number of walking school “buses”:


Congratulations and keep walking, Eastern Stars!

View the super awesome, Traverse City-wide photo gallery HERE.

Traverse City Walks To School Day

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Traverse City Walks To School Day is a community-wide, multi-school celebration of National Walk To School Day on Wednesday, October 7th. Norte! is dreaming big to encourage more TC students to walk to school then ever before.

We will also be crowing The Most Walk-tastic Traverse City School! That’s a big, big deal.

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE bikes but sometimes we enjoy a nice walk to school too:

Walking to school is known to improve academic performance.

Walking to school gives children good life experience.

Walking to school gets children outdoors.

Walking to school provides daily exercise for children.

The US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, just made a call for more walkable communities for people of all ages. Read more about his call to action HERE.

So set those alarms a little earlier on October 7th, eat a solid breakfast, invite a friend or 6, strap your backpack on and join us as Traverse City Walks To School Day. Make sure to take some photos and post using #WalkTVC.

Participating Schools:

Traverse Heights
Central Grade
TCAPS Montessory @ Glenn Loomis
Willow Hill
West Middle

Don’t see your school? Sign it up HERE.

For those kids too young to walk on their own, Norte! will be transforming our community-wide network of bike trains into “walking school buses” for the day to connect our neighborhoods to our neighborhood elementary schools:

Glenn Loomis’ “buses”:
  • 12th/Maple: Mr. Clark’s house: Meet at 7:50, walking at 8:00
  • 10th/Lake: Oryana:: Meet at 7:40, walking at 7:50
Traverse Heights’ “bus”:
  • Arbutus Court Park (map HERE) : Meet at 8:00, walking at 8:10
Eastern’s “buses”:
  • Civic Center: Front of Howe arena: Meet at 8:20, walking at 8:30
  • Clancy Park: Meet at 8:25, walking at 8:35
  • Corner of Highland/Cherry Lane: Mrs. Stahl’s house: at 8:25, walking at 8:35
  • East Bay Park: Meet at 8:20, walking at 8:30
Central Grade‘s “buses”:
  • 6th/Maple: Mrs. Arnold’s house: Meet at 7:30, walking at 7:40
  • 10th/Lake: Oryana: Meet at 7:30, walking at 7:40
Willow Hill’s “bus”:
  • Darrow Park: Meet at 8:10, walking at 8:15


Our friends at Oryana will be generously providing healthy snacks at their “bus stop” for TCAPS Montessori and Central Grade students.

The Traverse City Police Department will also be walking to school with us. How awesome is that?

AND…our friends at TART Trails have donated a bunch of clip-on flashers for backpacks to keep the kids seen and safe.

We are looking for extra volunteers to help keep the kids safe, count walkers at school and hand out highfives. Please sign up HERE.

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