International Walk and Roll to School Day a big success

Montgomery High School students walking the walk.

Montgomery High School students walking the walk.

On October 5, students across Sonoma County left their cars in the driveway and took to the streets. By making a choice to use alternative transportation, walking or biking they started their day with a breath of fresh air. In Sonoma County, more than 10,000 students participated in International Walk and Roll to School Day. 1,183 of the participants were high school students. Overall, the high school students were able to prevent 2 tons of CO2 from being emitted.

Sonoma Valley High School Principal, Kathleen Hawing, hopped on the bike blender to encourage participation.

Sonoma Valley High School Principal, Kathleen Hawing, hopped on the bike blender to encourage participation.

“So many students at RUP walk,” said Miguel Pineda, a student at Roseland University Prep. “It is a very simple action with a big impact but not everyone know what that impact is or why it’s important,” he continued. ” That is why events like International Walk and Roll to School Day are so important.”

RUP student leaders greeting walkers with a cup of hot chocolate.

RUP student leaders greeting walkers with a cup of hot chocolate.

The high school Safe Routes to School Program called ECO2school works with youth leaders on campuses across Sonoma County. Student leaders educate and engage their peers to make active and low-carbon transportation choices that reduce their carbon footprint.

Transportation currently makes up over 50% of Sonoma County’s carbon footprint. If Sonoma County is going to meet its CO2 emission reduction goals, we need to dramatically alter our transportation patterns. International Walk and Roll to School Day is just one of many actions that student leaders plan throughout the year to show their peers that walking and cycling is a fun and safe lifestyle choice.

Montgomery High School boosted participation with scooter races in the quad.

Montgomery High School boosted participation with scooter races in the quad.

Amy Jolly is the Youth Leadership Implementation Manager at the Center for Climate Protection. She runs the ECO2school program and the Youth Advisory Board.

Amy Jolly

Amy Jolly is the Center for Climate Protection's Youth Leadership/ECO2school ProgramManager,training students as climate action leaders. She is an avid bike commuter and enjoys encouraging others to get out and experience their community from a bicycle.
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