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Schools go green with ‘Walk to School’ Day

REGION — It’s time again for the county to meet the challenge of leaving our cars behind on the way to school.

In last year’s countywide San Diego County Association of Governments (SANDAG) “Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge,” Encinitas Union School District elementary schools took top prizes.
Flora Vista came in first for overall participation and Ocean Knoll won the SANDAG Diamond award for most walkers.

Parents and children taking part in the weeklong Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge can again help their school win up to $1,000 for school supplies.

The challenge runs the week of Oct. 6 through Oct. 10 for traditional school schedules. The top three schools with the highest percentage of students walking, biking, carpooling, or taking transit to school during the designated week will win cash prizes for school supplies.

Just log your child’s alternative commute trips to school in the online iCommute TripTracker tool. Scooters, skates and skateboards count, too. Parents also are eligible to win prizes for logging their children’s trips during the challenge.
In addition, help your youngsters gear up for the regional Walk and Bike to School Day Oct. 8. Children who participate will receive freebies from iCommute and its partners.
To learn more about the Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge, and to see if your school is participating, visit the challenge Web page on iCommuteSD.com, or call 511 and say “SchoolPool.”

This story has been corrected since its original posting.

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