Sonoma County Safe Routes to School Program

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
Caminar y Rodar a la Escuela Ruby Bridges
El Mes a (La Escuela) Donde Sea! Bien Por Ti, Bueno Para Tierra!
Walk & Roll to (School)...ANYWHERE! It's Good for You and the Earth!

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day - November


JOIN US IN CELEBRATING RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH THIS NOVEMBER!
 

Six year old Ruby Bridges stepped into the history books in 1960 when she integrated William Franz Elementary School in New Orleans, becoming a national icon for the civil rights movement. Today, her story continues to inspire the next generation of leaders to end racism together, one step at a time. Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day started with a group of AAA School Safety Patrollers from Martin Elementary in South San Francisco. Nearly 60 years later, when they heard about Ruby's courage and bravery for the first time, they thought there should be a day to commemorate the movement she started. These students took their idea to the state legislature, and today Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day will be recognized by the State of California on November 14th of each year. Now, schools across California and the United States continue to honor Ruby's legacy in their own way, including by Celebrating Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day durinig the month of November.  Whether Sonoma County schools celebrate on November 14th or another date in November, Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day commemorates her historic steps and continues the movement to end racism and unify our communities. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL MONTH:
 

1.  PRINCIPALS/SRTS CHAMPIONS: REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL WITH AAA/THE RUBY BRIDGES FOUNDATION to be counted as part of the movement! And/or Apply for a Grant!
 

Registered schools will receive free materials from AAA - posters, pins, banners, and more - to help make your Ruby Bridges Day a success.  In addition, AAA is offering up to $1000.00 to support your school's Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. Grants can be used to enhance the movement at your school, such as funding custom t-shirts, flags, breakfast and snacks for the walk, etc. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 
 

2.  TEACHERS, PARENTS OR STUDENTS:  Visit our RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL DAY WEBSITE for resources for teaching and/or learning about Ruby Bridges. 
 

3.  STUDENTS: COMPLETE AND SUBMIT OUR RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL DAY BINGO (by 12/5/22) FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $25.00 GIFT CARD TO A LOCALLY OWNED BIPOC BUSINESS
 

  • Download the Ruby Briges Walk to School Day BINGO:  English PDF   Spanish PDF  English PNG  Spanish PNG
  • Submit to Safe Routes to School (may be submitted via email or the mail), postmarked by Monday 12/5/22
  • ALL November Challenge submissions will be entered into a drawing for a $25.00 gift card to a locally owned BIPOC Business of the winners choice
  • Winners will be announced in December. 

4. CHECK OUT THE WINNING DESIGN FROM THE SONOMA COUNTY LIBRARY's RUBY BRIDGES WALK TO SCHOOL DAY POSTER CONTEST! Congratulations to 17 year old Laurel Jean H. for submitting the winning poster.  Posters will be printed and displayed at local library branches and distributed to Sonoma County Schools that registered for Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day and will be participating between 11/14-11/18.   
 

 
Questions?  Email Safe Routes to School
 

PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS/TEACHERS:
 


 

International Walk & Roll to School Challenge Month - 20th Anniversary!

 
 

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING the 20th ANNIVERSARY OF INTERNATIONAL WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL (& ANYWHERE) MONTH THIS OCTOBER! 
 

October is International Walk & Roll to School Month, and 2022 marks the 20th Anniversary of celebrating it in Sonoma County! Join us - and kids from all over the world - on International Walk & Roll to School DAY on Wednesday, October 5th (or an alternative date of your school's choice).  In addition, we challenge you to walk & roll to school or anywhere on as many days as you can during the month of October, and recording it on our 20th Anniversary of Walk & Roll tracking sheet! 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL (& ANYWHERE) MONTH: 
 

1.    PARTICIPATE IN YOUR SCHOOL'S INTERNATIONAL WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY EVENT! Your school may celebrate on Wednesday October 5th, or they may choose an alternative date. On that day, travel to school by your human power - walk, bike, scooter, skateboard, skates, unicycles, wheelchair - either from home or from a drop-off spot at least a ~10 minute walk from school.  And have fun! 
 
2.   COMPLETE AND SUBMIT OUR OCTOBER CHALLENGE ACTIVITY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A GIFT CARD FOR A 20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATORY CAKE! 

  • Download the 20th Anniversary Walk & Roll Tracking Sheet:  English PDF   Spanish PDF
  • Walk or Roll to School (or anywhere) on as many days as you can during the month of October, circling the mode or modes you used each day. Also, tell us why it's good for you and/or the earth to walk & roll! 
  • Submit to Safe Routes to School, as directed (may be submitted via email or the mail), by Friday 11/4/21 
  • ALL October Challenge submissions will be entered into a drawing for a Celebratory Cake. 
  • Winners will be announced in November, and either a cake (or a gift card for cake) will be given or mailed directly to winners.   

     

Questions? Email Safe Routes to School
 

PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS/TEACHERS:  
 

 

January Idle-Free Sonoma County Challenge


JOIN US IN PLEDGING TO BE IDLE-FREE THIS JANUARY!   
 

This January we challenge you to be Idle-Free with Safe Routes to Schools! That means, turn off your car engine when waiting more than 30-seconds. Due to the holiday break, we will not hold a Walk & Roll to Anywhere event but schools are welcome to have one if they choose.  Instead, we encourage families and school personnel to sign our online “Idle Free Sonoma County Pledge,” and/or for students to complete our Idle Free Sonoma County coloring page. Parents/families, teachers, school staff, and students who sign the pledge or submit a coloring page by Friday, February 4th will be entered into a drawing for one of eight $50.00 gift cards to a local business of the winner’s choice.  

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IDLE-FREE MONTH:   
 

  • Get educated about the benefits of turning off your engine when waiting more than 30-seconds!  
  • Complete our Idle Free Coloring Page (English Spanish) and Submit to Safe Routes to School by Friday, February 4th. 
  • Sign the Idle-Free Bay Sonoma County Pledge (English) or Spanish (one signature per family/household) between January 1st-February 4th, 2022  
  • Pledges may be signed by parents, teachers, and/or school administrators/staff from any K-8 School in Sonoma County.   
     

Signed pledges will be entered into a drawing for one of eight $50.00 gift cards to a local business of choice! Gift cards have been donated by the Sonoma County Spare the Air Resource Team and one of our January Sponsors, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.   Winner will be announced in February, and winners will choose which local business to purchase the $50.00 gift card from.  Questions? Email Safe Routes to School.   
 

PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS/TEACHERS: 
 

Walk and Roll for Wheels - December


 

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING WALK & ROLL FOR WHEELS MONTH THIS DECEMBER!   
 

While we're out walking and rolling this December, notice what's around you, keeping us safe or making the world interesting or beautiful. This December, we challenge you to get outside, explore your route to school or neighborhoods, and complete our Walk & Roll for Wheels Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a scooter, or roller skates!    

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN WALK & ROLL FOR WHEELS MONTH:  
 

1.    JOIN US ON WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY!
 

DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF December - or whenever your school chooses to celebrate - Walk or Bicycle to School (or anywhere!). If you're school has a Walk & Roll to School event, be sure to participate and be counted! 

2.   COMPLETE AND SUBMIT OUR DECEMBER SCAVENGER HUNT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A SCOOTER OR ROLLER SKATES!
 

DECEMBER SCAVENGER HUNT INSTRUCTIONS:
 

  • Download our Scavenger Hunt in English or Spanish:  English PDF   Spanish PDF
  • You do not have to find every single thing on the Scavenger Hunt - find as much as you can and submit when you have found all you can.  
  • Submit to Safe Routes to School (may be submitted via email or the mail) and received no later than Monday January 9th  
     

ALL December Challenge submissions will be entered into a drawing for a scooter or roller skates (winner gets to choose) Winner will be announced in January, and prize will be delivered directly to winners.   Questions?  Email Safe Routes to School

PROMOTIONAL RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS/TEACHERS:  
 

SRTS RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST

Title Author Grade Level
Rosaura En Bicicleta/Rosaura on a Bicycle Daniel Barbot Pre K-K
The Bike Lesson Jan Berenstain Pre K-K
Bicycle Man Allen Say Pre K-3
Along a Long Road Frank Viva Pre K-3
Seguridad y las Bicicletas/Bicycle Safety Sue Barraclough Pre K-2
The Foot Book Dr. Seuss K-Up
The Busiest Street in Town Mara Rockliff K-3
Roberto Walks Home Ezra Jack Keats K-3
To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street Dr. Seuss K-3
The Listening Walk Paul Showers K-3
The Berenstain Bears: Safe and Sound Jan Berenstain K-3
This is the Way We Go to School Edith Baer K-3
The Little House Virginia Lee Burton K-3
Sing a Song of People Lois Lenski K-3
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile: Lyle Walks the Dogs Bernard Waber K-3
Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen Cari Best K-3
A Crash Course for Molly Eva Eriksson K-3
The Bear’s Bicycle Emilie Warren McLeod K-3
Duck on A Bike David Shannon K-3
Franklin Rides a Bike Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark K-3
Franklin’s Bicycle Helmet Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark K-3
Play It Safe Mercer Mayer K-3
Gracie Goat’s Big Bike Race Erin Mirabella K-3
My Rows and Piles of Coins Tololwa Mollel K-3
His Finest Hour David Neuhaus K-3
Summer Wheels Eve Bunting K-3
Bicycle Book Gail Evans K-3
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Richard Scarry K-2
Blackout John Rocco K-2
Sidewalk Flowers JonArno Lawson K-2
I Took the Moon for a Walk Carolyn Curtis K-2
Watch Out! On the Road Claire LLewellyn K-2
Tom and Pippo Go for a Walk Helen Oxenbury K-2
Watch Out! Around Town Claire Llewellyn K-2
Coco Can’t Wait Taro Gomi K-2
Yuki’s Ride Home Manya Tessler K-2
Vera Rides a Bike Vera Rosenberry K-2
Sky Blue Accident/Accidente Celeste Jorge Elias Lujan, Piet Grobler and Elisa Amado K-2
Ride Right: Bicycle Safety (How to Be Safe!) Jill Urban Donahue K-2
"Staying Safe on My Bike/La Seguridad En Mi Bicicleta (Safety First/ La Seguridad Es Lo Primero)
- Bilingual"
Joanne Mattern K-2
Verde dice Adelante/Green Means Go Susan Ring K-2
Jugar Sin Peligro/Play Safe Robin Nelson K-2
What Happens at a Bike Shop? Que Pasa En Una Tienda De Bicicletas Kathleen Pohl K-2
Cycle City Allison Farrell K-1
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site Sherri Duskey Rinker K-1
Ruby’s School Walk Kathyrn White K-1
Walking through the Jungle Debbie Harter K-1
I Went Walking Sue Williams K-1
Dona Eremita Sobre Ruedas/ Mrs. Armitage On Wheels Quentin Blake K-1
Mike and the Bike Michael Ward K-1
Mike and the Bike Meet Lucille the Wheel Michael Ward K-1
La Bicicleta de Selva Monica Rodriguez K-1
A Good Night Walk Elisha Cooper K
Autumn Walk Ann E. Burg K
The Last Stop on Market Street Matt de la Peña K
Winter Walk Ann E. Burg K
Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse Rebecca Janni K
Goblin Walk Tony Johnston 1-2
My Sister’s Rusty Bike Jim Aylesworth 1-2
Walk Rabbit Walk Colin McNaughton 1-3
When We Go Walking Cari Best 1-3
Marvin Redpost, Super Fast, Out of Control! Louis Sachar 1-4
We Learn about Road Safety Constance Omawunmi Kola-Lawal 2-3
City Green DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan 2-3
Superabuelo/Super Grandpa David M. Schwartz and Martin Luis Guzman 2-4
Me and My Bike Ander 2-4
The Big Bike Race Lucy Jane Bledsoe 3-5
The Bicycle Larry Hills 3-5
Go Fly a Bike! The Ultimate Book of Bicycle Fun, Freedom and Science Bill Haduch 3-6
The Pushcart War Jean Merrill 3-7
Bicicletas del Pasado Mark Beyer 3-7
The Time Bike Jane Langton 3-8
The Bicycle Man David Dudley 4-6
Walking to the Bus Rider Blues Harriet Gillem Robinet 4-6
Crunch Leslie Connor 4-6
Nancy Drew: A Race Against Time Carolyn Keene 4-6
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Jason Reynolds 5-8

 

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