The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s (SCBC) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program wants 4th-6th graders to consider what they love about riding their bikes or walking to school. And to help inspire some thought on the subject, the SCBC launched a countywide “I Love Walk & Roll” essay/poetry contest.

The contest asks students to either describe, in a 250–350 word essay, or to capture in a poem, the spirit of why they love walking and rolling to school. Entries must be submitted by Thursday, Feb. 28.

Contest rules and details can be found here.

Two grand prize winners will receive a Schwinn Bicycle and helmet, four runners-up will receive $25 Target Gift Cards, and 20 honorable mentions will receive $5 Jamba Juice Gift cards. Winning names & entries will be published on the Sonomasaferoutes.org website, in Sonoma Family Life Magazine, and the North Bay Bohemian. The Metropolitan transportation Commission’s Youth Spare the Air Program donated prizes

The inspiration behind the contest was the swell of interest in the one-day “International Walk & Roll to School Day”promotion last Oct. 4 in which over 70 Sonoma County schools and 12,000 students participated.

Read the Sonoma Family Life magazine story about the Oct. 4 event here.

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