With Safe Routes to Schools, every day is International Youth Day

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Last Friday, August 12, the world celebrated International Youth Day. Here in Alameda County, we don’t have to look far to find youth doing amazing things. Take the recent winners of our Community Involvement Scholarship, Andrea and Lucy, for instance. 

Or the elementary students at Parkmont and Weibel Elementary schools in Fremont, who spent this past spring working with the Safe Routes to Schools on a project to honor their "Roll Models", or the inspirational people in their lives who are using active or shared transportation to get around. 

Students interviewed teachers, staff, and fellow classmates who walk, bike, or ride public transit to get to school. They used the interview answers to create colorful and inspirational Roll Model cards. Much like the ever-so-popular baseball or Pokemon cards, Roll Model cards feature stats like daily mileage and favorite way to get to school. Students added creative questions such as: "What are the best shoes for walking?" and "Who inspires you to walk?" From these interviews, students created their cards and hung them around school. By drawing attention to Roll Models, these youth not only encouraged students and staff to walk, bike, or ride public transit, but they also uniquely celebrated dedicated school community members who are leading the way.

Check out 4th grader Harsha Srirangam's Roll Model, Tanvi Kesavaprasad:

And thanks to our Safe Routes to Schools team who helps youth get to school, get active, and get inspired! Learn more about our Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program.

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