Winter Walk To School Day

Winter Walk To School Day Click to Enlarge Photo: MnDOT

(KNSI) - A group isn't going to let February's frigid temperatures stop them from encouraging kids to walk to school.

Minnesota Safe Routes to School's 2nd annual Winter Walk to School Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 7.

"We celebrate winter in Minnesota. The cold, snow and ice are just another season and meant to be enjoyed," said Dave Cowan, SRTS coordinator.

"Walking and biking to school in winter is another way to get outside, be active and connect with your community. We encourage all Minnesota kids to put on their hats, gloves, boots and coats, and walk with a friend, class or entire school."

Schools are encouraged to submit their stories and photos of their event to compete for the Golden Snow Boot Award.

Last year, Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School won the award.

The school dropped off nearly 100 percent of its students at a community center about a mile away from the school.

"They traveled through parks and trails and noted that, in spite of the cold, they enjoyed watching the sunrise and felt it was a great community-building event," Cowan said.

Discovery School in Waite Park will be participating again this year.

More information on the event can be found here.

Minnesota Safe Routes to Schools is an effort to improve walking and bicycling conditions for youth and to encourage them to be more active.