McKinley Elementary School wins Golden Sneaker Award

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is proud to announce McKinley Elementary School as this year’s winner of the Golden Sneaker Award. The school had the highest participation in the district with 89% during the Bike It! Go there! (BIWI) campaign from October 4th to 8th.

The school management will recognize this achievement during the regular school management meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 via Zoom. The meeting starts at 5.30 p.m. and is on the agenda early.

In honor of National Walk and Bike to School Day (October 6), students, staff, volunteers, community members, and parents were encouraged to use alternative modes of transport, be it on foot, two wheels, three wheels, or public transit.

The goal of the Santa Monica Citywide Challenge is to promote environmental sustainability by helping families develop healthy fitness habits, educating students about walking and cycling rules, reducing traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, while improving community connections .

BIWI was founded in 2007 by the Samohi Solar Alliance Group, a student club at Santa Monica High School. To expand the initiative, the district has partnered with the City of Santa Monica’s Safe Routes to School program, which aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety near schools, improve air quality, and educate students through the city Educate on rules of walking and cycling so they can travel through the city safely.

Other participating schools were Franklin Elementary School, Will Rogers Learning Community, John Muir Elementary School and Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), Grant Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Lincoln Middle School, and John Adams Middle School.

“We congratulate the McKinley families and staff on their great support for this campaign, and thank the Santa Monica students, parents and staff for supporting this important sustainability and safety initiative.” Ben Drati said.

Written by Esmi Careaga, communications specialist

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