Walk and Roll
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 our 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.