A culture change doesn’t happen in a day. Measuring the gradual change can help build momentum and challenges the participants to do even more the next time. Students like goals and being recognized and rewarded for reaching their goals. So do their parents/guardians.
Conducting the classroom “student hands-up” survey a week or two BEFORE the event, sets the tone and introduces the idea of data collection, goal-setting and monitoring change to students. Doing the same student hands-up survey THE DAY OF the event can be used as a learning opportunity on data-management, analysis and measuring goals. How many students actually participated in the event? Did we reach our goal? The same hands-up survey can be done AFTER the event (week/month later) to see how many students continued to walk to school.
Your school community loves setting goals.
They like knowing if they’ve achieved them even more!
Here are some ideas and for ways of collating and analyzing the data:
TOOL: Here are a few sample data collection
forms. You can choose to use a Google Form, Excel
Sheet or Paper Survey. Here are samples of all
TIP: What is a great reward for students? Taping
their Principal or VP to a wall, giving them a pie
in the face or doing an ice-bucket challenge! Set
a goal for participation in your school and if the
students achieve it, be prepared for some messy,
TIP: Engage senior students to analyze the data.
They can turn this opportunity into a real life
data management project and share the results
with the school at an assembly or during
TIP: Include event results in your next newsletter
and Facebook post to highlight the positive
impact they had. If students came up with ideas/
recommendations, and goals for next time,
include those too.
Investing time and effort in your walk to school day event is a meaningful way to help families discover the many benefits of walking to school.
A school community event like this helps people take the first step towards incorporating active transportation into their daily routine. Trying something new with a
little fun and encouragement can go a long way to change how parents/guardians decide to get their kids to school.
We hope this toolkit will make planning easier, and spark ideas for your event.
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