International Walk and Bike to School Day – October 3rd

International Walk to School Day is being promoted locally as part of the “Walk and Roll” program which was co-created by Maitland moms, Michelle Sartor, Jody Lazar and Jeanie Redmond. Michelle is also Healthy Central Florida’s Walking Coordinator and is actively helping to promote walking in Winter Park, Maitland and Eatonville for kids and adults.

Contact Michelle Sartor at for specific information on how/where you can help.

Quick highlights include that Maitland Mayor, Howard Schieferdecker will be walking to school with the Maitland Middle School (MMS) student council and others.

The group will be meeting at 8:45 a.m. in the Dyan Way cul-de-sac. They’ll walk up the Thistle sidewalk, alongside the new traffic calming medians. This project is part of a $400K Florida Department Of Transportation (FDOT) Safe Routes to School infrastructure grant that was awarded to the Walk n’ Roll/City of Maitland/City of Winter Park team. Other parts of the project include the Arapaho sidewalk and Temple (7-11) intersection enhancement.

Volunteers are asked to arrive a few minutes before 9 and plan on staying until the bell rings at 9:30 a.m.

The Walk and Roll program has been approved by Orange County Public Schools and is being offered to all 188 schools in the District this year. Kudos to our tenacious “Maitland Moms”!

Note that the Best Foot Forward (BFF) will also be participating in this year’s International Walk to School Day.  If you know of students who would like to hold one of their “I Yield for Pedestrian” signs, please have them contact Michelle.

BFF volunteers can help us during the Dommerich Elementary School event starting at 8 a.m. and/or the MMS event starting around 9 a.m.  BFF also has safety tip sheets to hand to parent drivers as they drop off their students in the car queue. A couple of volunteers are needed for this as well.


Posted on: October 1, 2012