Heritage Elementary Students Walk, Ride, and Roll their Way to $500 prize

Heritage Elementary was among a record-breaking 47 schools in San Diego County that took part in the recent “Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge.”

Heritage garnered 34 percent participation, logging 2,016 miles in alternative commutes. That was good enough to capture third place among all schools in the county and earn a $500 check for classroom supplies.  A check presentation ceremony was being re-scheduled from Friday, November 22 to December due to rain.

“Our community really came out in support of walking and riding with their children to school,” said Principal Erin Dare. “I am so proud of our students, parents, and staff who were able to get some exercise in while raising awareness of different forms of coming to and from school each day.”

Dare praised computer support technician Shelly Rodriguez, Heritage “Hawk Walk” coordinator, and the school’s Parent Teacher Organization for the program’s success.

Walk, Ride, and Roll to School is an awareness campaign implemented by the iCommute SchoolPool program and Safe Routes to School initiative. The purpose of this campaign is to increase the number of children who walk, bike, carpool, or take transit to school; to raise awareness of the benefits of more active forms of transportation; and to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.

More than 30,000 students participated countywide. Overall, participants logged 8,582 miles in the iCommute TripTracker tool during the challenge, equivalent to the distance that 125,869 home runs would fly at Petco Park!

The 2013 Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge was presented by Chipotle. The Walk, Ride, and Roll to School Challenge was made possible by iCommute Annual Partners: San Diego Zoo and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, and Event Presenting Partner: Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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