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Walk and Roll to School Day

Walk and Roll to School Day Event

Walk&RollOctober is National Walk and Roll to School Month, and October 10, 2018 is National Walk to School Day. This event is an opportunity to celebrate those who already walk and roll to school while encouraging others to try it out. 


Get a Free Kit for your Event 

The City of Tacoma has free kits available to help make your event a success. Please fill out the registration form to receive your kit that includes fruit leathers, yard signs, and reflective stickers. Kits are available while supplies last. 


Register for your free kit for Walk and Roll to School Day


The following documents are available to help you plan your event:

For additional resources for hosting a Walk and Roll to School event, and to register your event nationally, we recommend the 'Walk and Bike to School' website. You can also contact Carrie Wilhelme, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at saferoutestoschool@cityoftacoma.org if you have any questions or would like ideas. 


Schools Registered for Walk and Roll to School Event

The following schools are registered for a 2018 Walk and Roll to School event. Events generally occur before school. Check with your school for more details about the event.


Blix Elementary, Whittier Elementary

October 3 

Stafford Elementary 

October 5

Jefferson Elementary, Lister Elementary,    
Wainwright Intermediate 

October 10 

Bryant Montessori 

October 11

First Creek Middle School

October 16

Stanley Elementary

October 31




Tacoma City Council to Make a Proclamation for Walk and Roll to School Month on September 25, 2018

To demonstrate their support of students walking and rolling to school, the Tacoma City Council is scheduled to proclaim October 2018 as National Walk and Roll to School Month. The proclamation will occur during the Tuesday, September 25, 2018 City Council meeting. Proclamations generally occur at the beginning of the meeting which begins at 5 PM. Attend the meeting and show your support. 


Why Walk and Roll to School?

The benefits include:

  • Promoting physical activity and improving the health of students
  • Improving air quality by reducing traffic congestion around schools
  • Raising awareness and improving the safety of students as they travel to school
  • Meeting new people and building a stronger community around our schools

Visit our Safe Routes to School Program web page for additional information.


Walk & Roll


History and Background

Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.  The event encourages students and families to try walking, bicycling or skateboarding to school. Join the thousands of communities who participate in Walk or Bike to School events every year. Noted below are nationally recognized days which encourage children, parents, schools and communities to walk, bike or skateboard to school.

  • Walk to School Day - October 10, 2018
  • Bike to School Day - May 8, 2019

The individual events are combined into what is called the Walk and Roll to School Day as both of these encourage walking as well as bicycling to school.