National Walk to School Week takes place from May 24th and May 28th, 2021. We are delighted to be able to celebrate Walk to School Week this year and hope to celebrate the great achievements made in schools around the country that have increased the numbers of children walking to school, during this very different academic year. Check out activities for each day of Walk to School Week below – we’ll be adding a plan for each day as the week progresses.
Wednesday 26th May is National WOW Day!
To help promote National Walk to School Week in your school please download posters in Irish or English for display in your classroom or around your school below. Each day during Walk to School Week we’ll post new activities or resources on our website for your classes to enjoy.
Join us for a Walk to School Week Journey
During Walk to School Week we’ll hear from Claire McDonald from Green-Schools, who will take us on a journey to the summit of Kilimanjaro and back! Dr. Elaine Murtagh from the University of Limerick will talk to us about different – fun! – ways to walk and the impact of walking on our mental and physical health. Writer John G. O’Dwyer will join us to share his extensive knowledge about historic Irish pilgrim routes and “walk us” through the many fascinating features of the practice of pilgrimage and, to conclude Walk to School Week on Friday 28th Ruth Whelan from Mountaineering Ireland will talk to us about hillwalking and “happy hiking”.
If you are interested in attending any or all of our live events please click here to register and we’ll send links to the events closer to the time.
A Sweet Sur-PRIZE
During Walk to School Week we want to reward your efforts to walk and travel as sustainably as possible to school. Each day at 4pm we’ll select a school to win cupcakes for your Green-Schools Committee / class group*. To be in with a chance to win, share photos of your Walk to School Week activities on Twitter or Instagram, tagging us @greenschoolsire and use #walktoschool21. You can also email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org if you don’t use social media. A daily winner will be chosen from all tagged images each day.
*We will send the winning school 36 cupcakes.
The WOW Count
Keep a record of how many people walked to school on National WOW Day – Wednesday 26th May and return your numbers to email@example.com to ensure that your numbers are included in the count. Remember to take photos of your events and get in touch with your local Green-Schools Travel Officer for more information. We would love to see photos of your school’s adventures during Walk to School Week; tag @GreenSchoolsIre and use the hashtag #WalktoSchool21