Walk and Roll Workshop – Sept. 21:   $10,000 in Mini-Grants

Healthy Central Florida is hosting its 6th annual Walk n’ Bike to School Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 21. The workshop is free, open to all, and designed to bring advocates and leaders together to make walking and biking to school safer for our children.  Join parents, school personnel and city leaders as we share updates, creative ideas and strategies to improve safety and walk and bike-ability around our area schools.  We’ll also offer $10,000 in grants to *qualified schools.  Attendance is mandatory to be eligible for a grant.

A free light breakfast will be served.  All are welcome but an RSVP by Sept. 14th is requested.  Here are details:


Winter Park Community Center

721 West New England Avenue

8:45 – 10:45 am

Free event | RSVP by Sept. 14 – jhamiltonbuss@healthycf.org

Light breakfast provided


  • Parents
  • School principals 
  • Healthy school team leaders
  • City officials and police representatives
  • Pedestrian/cycling advocates
  • PTO representatives (Fundraising opportunity!)


  • Free Walk n’ Roll promotional materials
  • Tools and resources to promote safe commutes
  • Complimentary breakfast for registered participants

To RSVP call (407) 303-1347 or for more information, email JHamiltonBuss@HealthyCF.org

*Winter Park Consortium Schools (those that matriculate to WP High School) are eligible for the grants during this grant round.


The “Walk and Roll” model was based on the efforts of three dedicated Maitland moms who’ve built and branded the “Walk and Roll” model that is thriving at Dommerich Elementary and Maitland Middle Schools. One of those moms is Michelle Sartor, who also serves as the Walking Coordinator for Healthy Central Florida.  “Together we’re building a culture of walking and biking in our neighborhoods,” said Sartor. “More students, and their parents, are choosing an active commute to school. They travel by foot, bike, skateboard and scooter. This puts more eyes and fewer cars on ouNatWalktoSchoolDayDSC_2871©JudyWatsonTracy2015r streets, making it safer for our healthy commuters.”

We are seeing more children walking and biking to school in Central Florida.  On Oct. 7, 2015, nearly 2,000 students throughout Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville rolled to school on International Walk to School Day.

Click here to view a brief video of the event.

Parents were having as much fun as kids were.  In addition to being fun, there are many other benefits, including improved learning and retention, better behavior and very importantly — better health.  Getting kids walking and biking also helps maintain a healthy weight.

By partnering with schools, parents and principals–and by measuring what’s working, we believe that we can improve child health, increase learning, create greener communities and enhance fun and a sense of community – all by simply getting kids walking and biking to school.

NatWalktoSchoolDayDSC_9826©JudyWatsonTracy2015Maitland students, parents and community leaders came out in droves to participate in International Walk to School Day, Wednesday October 7, 2015. International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. (Photo/Julie Fletcher)