What is it?
Walk Across Texas (WAT) is a program of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service that was designed to help establish the habit of regular physical activity. For eight weeks, teams of school classes, or individuals walk 800 + miles across a map of Texas.
How does it work?
We will record how many miles the participants walk to and from school, starting April 1st until May 20th. We will add the miles and see if together, we can virtually walk across Texas from Orange to El Paso.
What the kids need to do to participate?
Calculate how many miles between their house and the school doors. Fill out the online form in the first row link. If they don’t have access to a computer, paper forms are available at the school front office. Then they need to walk to or/and from school.
Biking, skate boarding, using a scooter, running, skating to school count too! (no electric scooters, bikes or skate boards).
In the “official” WAT program for adults and youth you can enter any type of physical activities and convert them into walking miles. We want to keep it as simple as possible so we will only count the trips to and from school.
Every week an email will be sent to the kids asking how many times they walked to and/or from school. We’ll compute the numbers. A weekly update will be given to show the progress.
A map is located in the hallway on the wall by the copy room. It will show the progress too.
Every little bit counts to help us reach our goal. Encourage the kids to walk even if they can only walk once a week to or from school, or even once during the 8 weeks. We understand that for some families walking to school is not an option.
Neighbors can “walkpool” taking turn walking to school with the kids. Kids can share their tips and tricks. How do they manage to walk to school? Did they change their routine? Do they wake up earlier? Do they go to bed earlier? Do they prepare their backpacks, clothes, lunches the night before? Do they enjoy it?
Only the kids enrolled at school can enter their miles not the adults walking with them.
This is the link to the official website of WAT. http://walkacrosstexas.tamu.edu/tools-and-resources/marketing-materials/
Thank you for helping us making this event a success by encouraging the kids to participate!
Below you’ll find some information on the benefits of walking:
- Increased daily physical activity, forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime, helping children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and decreasing the risk of chronic disease and obesity.
- A cleaner environment by reducing air pollution from car emissions.
- Students who are ready to learn, who are healthy, awake and alert, with better focus and concentration, which can improve academic performance.
- Reduced dangerous traffic congestion at pick up/ drop off times, and student absences and tardiness due to transportation challenges.
- Savings on gas and money by replacing car trips to school with walking.
- Improved traffic safety habits and increased confidence for students through opportunities to learn about and practice road safety, inspiring confidence and independence.
- It’s fun! Walking brings a sense of joy and independence.