Grinnell Walk To School Day Presentation

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Grinnell Walk To School Day Presentation

  1. 1. Safe Routes To School Melissa Strovers
  2. 2. Getting Started <ul><li>Identify the Right Stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Meet and Create the Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Gather Information and Identify Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Create the Program </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage Resources & Divide the Work-Load </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate, Adjust and Wrap Up </li></ul>Source: www.saferoutesinfo.org/getting_started/
  3. 3. Identify the Stakeholders <ul><li>Bring together planning team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>College, Chamber of Commerce, Local Non-profit, Park and Recreation Department </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identify other stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School District </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Police Department </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key Businesses </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Meet & Create the Vision <ul><li>Identify the Event – International Walk to School Day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.walktoschool.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set the Vision: To encourage families and students to take a break from driving and walk or bike to school and participate in the one-day event. </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To enhance the health of kids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To promote a healthy environment </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Gather Information <ul><li>Contact the school administrator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share the vision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss any concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact the police </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine their level of involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify any potential safety concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Address potential liability concerns </li></ul>
  6. 6. Identify Issues <ul><li>Determine which agency will cover the liability insurance? </li></ul><ul><li>With more children biking or walking, how do we make the safest routes possible? </li></ul><ul><li>What about children who live out of town and can’t walk or bike to school? </li></ul><ul><li>What about children whose parents are unable to walk or bike with them to school? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we motivate the kids to participate? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we motivate the teachers to encourage their students to participate? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we let the parents know about the event? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Solutions to Issues <ul><li>Follow-up with insurance agent to ensure adequate liability insurance is in place </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate with local police to bring out additional patrols for the event </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage families and friends to work together to find creative solutions for children to walk or bike to school for the day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a walking/biking school bus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring children into town and have a safe drop off point where children can walk to school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Motivate teachers and students to participate by offering an incentive </li></ul>
  8. 8. Create the Program <ul><li>Grinnell’s Program: </li></ul><ul><li>District-wide contest encouraging all families and students to take a break from driving and walk-or-bike to school. </li></ul><ul><li>Offer incentives to winning teacher and classroom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$100 in Chamber bucks to the winning teacher from each classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer a pizza party to the winning classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple for administrator, principal and teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Developed packets for each teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local business offered to reproduce packets </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Included Q&A, Stickers, Age appropriate activities, take-home flyer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get the word out </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Posted to Facebook, went on local radio program and featured in local paper </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Leverage Resources & Divide the Work-Load <ul><li>Leverage resources - http://www.walktoschool.org/resources/index.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the work-load: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Park and Recreation Department – coordinate with the school administrator, print stickers, and develop take home flyer for students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce – contact local businesses for donations, follow-up with the teachers after the event </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grinnell College – contact school principal, create packet of information for the teachers (tally form, Q&A, worksheets), purchase banners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imagine Grinnell – coordinate meetings, develop the media plan, and make sure liability coverage is in place </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Classroom Participation
  11. 12. Percentage Based on Classroom Participation
  12. 13. Overall Student Participation
  13. 14. Evaluate, Adjust and Wrap-up <ul><li>Gather tally sheets from each school </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Review data collected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tally the sheets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Announce the winner for each school & ask for feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate with winning teacher for prize and party plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issue wrap-up announcement to local media </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss future plans </li></ul>
  14. 15. The End

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