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October 16, 2012 > Golden Sneaker Award

Golden Sneaker Award

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

Victoria Forrester, principal of Roosevelt Elementary School in San Leandro, accepted the 2012 Golden Sneaker award for her school's outstanding participation in the Pollution Solution Challenge. What did they do? They biked, walked and rolled and shared rides to school, increasing student health and the health of their community. The Pollution Solution Golden Sneaker Contest, a program of Safe Routes to Schools, honors a school whose students and families walk, bike and carpool the most over a two-week period. Forrester notes that the highlight of Roosevelt's participation has been seeing student and family involvement in the program.

She recommends that other schools join "because of the great community involvement that can happen within the school." Originally motivated to participate to address traffic and obesity issues, Victoria now sees more people riding bikes and enjoying time together as they walk and bike to and from school.

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