Kids in Alameda County may have a little more bounce in their step in their walk to school. As many as 65,000 students participated in ACTC's Golden Sneaker Contest--a two-week classroom competition that encourages students, parents, teachers and administrators to take the healthy route to school by choosing active or shared transportation options such as:
- Skateboarding, or any other human-powered wheels!
- Carpooling with other families at your school, or
- Riding public transit — like the bus or BART
Students in each class keep track of their active and shared travel to school each day with a simple tally chart. At the end of the two weeks, the class with the highest percentage of class participation will receive the Golden Sneaker Award — a trophy made from shoes donated by the Golden State Warriors — and a classroom prize.
No word yet on whether the Warrior-donated trophies are having an effect on the students’ three-point shooting.
Winners often see as much as 77% of their students finding ways to get to and from school by walking, biking, taking transit, or carpooling.
The program is sponsored by Alameda County’s Safe Routes to School Program and funded by Alameda County Transportation Commission and Metropolitan Transportation Commission . ACTC started funding the program in 2007 to decrease traffic congestion, reduce pollution, encourage physical activity, and build a sense of community.
For more information:
- Program Tool Kit
- Program Web Page (Flyers, posters, and grade-specific ideas; in both English and Spanish).