Walk 'n' Roll is a program of the El Marino PTA, in partnership with the Culver City Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiative, with the goal to get families walking, biking, and scooting to school more and to reduce traffic and pollution around our school. Going strong in its 6th year, Walk 'n' Roll has become a treasured El Marino tradition.
Since El Marino is not a regular neighborhood school, the community lives at a wide range of distances and locations, but our aim is to have a variety of programs and incentives to help families Walk 'n' Roll, whether they live across the street from school or across town.
The centerpiece of our program is our Walk 'n' Roll Wednesday events, now in their sixth year. On the first Wednesday of each month during the school year, we meet to walk, bike, skate, and scoot together to school as a group.
Join us at one of two meet-up spots: the US Bank1 (Sawtelle/Sepuveda) or the Ballona Creek Bridge on Sawtelle. At both locations, we meet at 8am and start walking and rolling at 8:15. See the map below for these locations and the routes we follow.
Parents are encouraged to join in the fun, but are welcome to drop off their children at both spots (as at school, a parent should accompany Kinder and pre-K students). Please be aware, however, that, as in all activities, there is some risk involved. By dropping off your children to walk with the group, you acknowledge and assume such risk.
Walking to school does so much for our community, including reducing traffic, congestion and pollution while teaching our children healthy, active living, valuable safety practices and community awareness.
If that isn't enough, the class with the highest Walk 'n' Roll participation wins the Silver Sneaker Trophy, and all attendees are entered in a raffle for fabulous prizes!
1 Note: If you park at US Bank, please move your car by 9am, unless you have business at the bank. They have been gracious hosts to Walk 'n' Roll.
Even if you usually drive to school, we encourage you to Take the 3 Block Challenge (a Culver City SRTS program), and park at least three blocks from school and walk, bike, skate or scoot the rest of the way. Parking just a few blocks away goes a long way towards reducing traffic and pollution around your school while adding some extra activity to your child’s day. The map below shows a number of options for parking locations and safe routes around El Marino.
We encourage parents to take the 3 Block Challenge by parking and walking 3 blocks to school at least once a week. As a little extra incentive, we'll be having surprise "pop-up" Walk 'n' Roll days on a regular basis, giving extra chances in the monthly Walk 'n' Roll raffle drawing for all children meeting the challenge!
As part of the Culver City SRTS program, El Marino Walk 'n' Rollers use the Active4.me system to track participation. Using this system, each student has a small tag with a bar code that Walk 'n' Roll parent volunteers can scan, which registers the student's participation for overall and class-by-class tallies and enters the student in our raffle drawing incentives.
It is important to note that the tags are anonymous, meaning that your child's identity is not stored in the system and cannot be determined from the number on the tag. We only register the tag with your child's class, so that we can compute class-by-class tallies and award the Silver Sneaker Trophy to the class with the highest participation each month.
Questions or concerns? Please contact Tom Murray (tom <dot> murray <at> elmarinopta <dot> org).