Northern Michigan Walks To School Day


With generous support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, TBA Credit UnionTraverse City Track Club, Oryana Community Co-op, Traverse City Police Department and the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Office, Norte is excited to once again host Northern Michigan Walks To School Day, a community-wide, multi-school celebration of National Walk To School Day on Wednesday, October 10th 2018.

700+ students from across Northern Michigan walked to school last year. Can we do better than that in 2018?

We will also be crowning The Most Walk-tastic Northern Michigan School! That’s a big, big deal. Glenn Loomis in Traverse City “won” last year. Help your school that the 2018 title by committing here:


Everyone is welcome – Pre K to 8th grade as well as teachers, staff, and principals too.

If you live too far from home, drive to one of our “Park & Stroll” locations.

A 5-10 minute walk to your bus stop totally counts too.

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

So set those alarms a little earlier on October 10th, eat a solid breakfast, invite a friend or 6, strap your backpack on and join us.

Participating Schools:

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

Live too far from school to walk or maybe your school isn’t yet safe to walk to? No worries. You can still play. Our Park & Stroll locations offer designated places to park and then walk 5-10 minutes to school with your child. Email us at for more info.

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:

2018 Walking School Bus Schedule Coming Soon!

2017 buses:

Holy Angels “bus”:
  • 10th/Lake: Oryana: Meet at 7:35, walking at 7:40. Bus driver: Jennie Wentzloff
West Middle School:
  • Grand Traverse Commons barns: TBD
Glenn Loomis’ “buses”:
  • In the alley between 5th and 6th Street behind Mrs. Walter’s: Meet at 7:35, walking at 7:40. Bus driver: Ashlea Walter
  • 10th/Lake: Oryana: Meet at 7:35, walking at 7:4o. Bus driver: Kaitlyn Burns
  • Division/14th: Tom’s: Meet at 7:40, walking at 7:55. Bus driver: Sarah Bourquin
Traverse Heights’ “buses”:
  • Arbutus Court Park (map HERE) : Meet at 8:05, walking at 8:10. Bus driver: Connor Miller
  • Jupiter Park: Boyd at Rose Street: Meet at 8:05, walking at 8:10. Bus driver: Stephanie and Josh Wilson.
Trinity Lutheran “bus”:
  • 10th/Lake: Oryana: Meet at 7:35, walking at 7:4o. Bus driver: Tammy LaFaive
Central Grade‘s “buses”:
  • Thirlby Stadium: 13th and Pine: Meet at 7:35, walking at 7:40. Bus driver: Jodi Jocks
  •  Oryana: 10th/Lake: Meet at 7:35, walking at 7:40. Bus driver: Mary Mantei & Laura Otwell
  • Open Space: Parkway and Union: Meet at 7:35, walking at 7:40. Bus driver: Carrie Smith

Westwoods “bus”:

  • Asher and Marley’s house – 1122 Fisher Road. Meet at 8:15, walking at 8:20. Bus driver: Juli Tiesworth
Willow Hill’s “bus”:
  •  Darrow Park: Meet at 8:15, walking at 8:20. Principal Sides-Mackay

Don’t forget to commit!




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

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

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

Email questions to


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Thank you, Community Partners!