Living all over Culver City and beyond, it's hard for many El Marino families to walk or ride like they would to a neighborhood school. Ten years ago, a group of parents came together with the aim of helping kids and their families get a more active start to their day and reduce the traffic, parking, and pollution around the school each morning. And so Walk 'n' Roll was born!
Today, Walk 'n' Roll is a program of the El Marino PTA, in partnership with CCUSD and the Culver City Safe Routes to School (SRTS), has become a treasured El Marino tradition,
Walk 'n' Roll Friday is a chance for kids and parents to walk, bike, and scoot together to school, on the first Friday of the month that school is in session.
Meet us at one of two locations:
1) US Bank at Sepulveda & Sawtelle (starts at 8:00am, leaves by 8:20am)
2) Sawtelle Bridge over Ballona Creek (start at 8:10am, leaves by 8:25am)
Classes compete for the Silver Sneaker Trophy for highest participation, and everyone who attends is entered in a monthly raffle for fabulous prizes, including a Razor scooter!
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.
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.
We always have big groups and a whole lot of fun, so come join us!
Note: US Bank has been kind enough to host Walk 'n' Roll Friday for years now. Please help by avoiding parking places reserved by cones and by making sure your car is out of the parking lot by 9am, unless you have business at the bank. Thank you!
Let's face it. The morning traffic and parking around El Marino can be difficult and stressful. But even if you need to drive, you can make it better!
Take the 3 Block Challenge: Park 3 blocks away from school and walk in with your child. There are plenty of convenient spots in the neighborhood.
Not only will it help reduce traffic and pollution around El Marino, you'll save yourself the hassle of hunting for parking, while giving yourself and your child a calmer and healthier start to the day.
Just leave home 5 minutes earlier, park a few blocks from school, and walk in together. You'll be amazed at what a difference it makes!
The map shows a number of options for parking locations and safe routes around El Marino.
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. If your child wins a raffle prize, we will announce the winning tag number on the Facebook group and also give a prize slip to your child's teacher.
Questions or concerns? Please contact Tom Murray (tom <dot> murray <at> elmarinopta <dot> org).