March 4, 2014 > Kids go green for Golden Sneaker Contest
Kids go green for Golden Sneaker Contest
Submitted By Tess Lengyel
Students from 70 Alameda County schools are taking part in the "Pollution Solution Golden Sneaker Contest" by walking, bicycling, carpooling or taking transit to class to kick off the Golden Sneaker Contest. Now in its third year, the contest is part of the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program, funded by the Alameda County Transportation Commission and Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
The two-week contest (March 3 through 14) promotes healthy kids and a healthy environment, building awareness of transportation alternatives to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, as well as teamwork and school spirit. To win the coveted "Golden Sneaker" trophy, classrooms at each participating school compete to get the highest number of kids to walk, bike, carpool or take transit to school. The school with the greatest increase of students using green modes of transportation during the contest will receive the "Platinum Sneaker" award and will be honored by the Alameda CTC at its March 27 Commission meeting.