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E-Newsletter         April 2011

                      Celebrate Earth Day

                          Go Green 


Marin SR2S

Teens Go Green

In This Issue
AfterSchool Trip Matching
New Web Site
Drake High Car Free Day
Register for IWALK
Bike Maintenance for Women
Sign up Today to learn how to maintain your bike
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Here are some exciting highlights and updates from the Transportation Authority of Marin's Safe Routes to School program!


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New Features at SchoolPool Marin, Including After School Trip-Matching!

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Several enhancements have recently been added to  New features include:

  • After school trip-matching: find travel companions to sports, rehearsals, classes, after-school care, camps, and Gramma's house.  Request a trip-share match for one time only or for repeat trips.
  • Parents' Commute option:  request a carpool or bus buddy match list to your work and your child's school gets credit in the Green Ways to School Challenge. School staff can join, too!
  • Green Ways to School Pledge:  if you don't need a SchoolPool match at this time, take the Pledge to walk, bike, carpool or use transit whenever possible and your school gets credit in the Challenge.
  • Jamba Juice Cards:  register for a SchoolPool match list -- the first 500 receive a $5 JJ card.

Marin SR2S Launches New Web Site


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Marin Safe Routes to Schools has launched its redesigned web site at  Check out what is going in our schools at our new "In Your School" section and learn about the great ideas coming from our team leaders.  "Teens Go Green" showcases its best program elements.  Download marketing materials and find out about our classes.  Check us out at  


Drake Teens Organize Car Free Day

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On May 20th Drake High Campus will try to be free of cars.  That is the goal of the Green Routes Club as they launch a massive campaign getting the entire school involved.

They have conducted surveys in each classroom, attended Leadership and staff meetings, and are partnering with Drake's Engineering classes which will be exhibiting their fossil-fuel-less designed cars during lunch in the parking lot on May 20th.  

Anyone who needs to drive to school that day will need to fill out a request form to seek approval for parking at Drake.  

The students are coordinating remote locations for walking/biking to school.  It's a big undertaking to close down the campus to cars, but one that is getting the entire school to take action.  

Contact for more information.   


Students Create Sculpture from Bike Parts


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Students at Marin County Middle Schools will be competing for hand crafted sculptures made from bike parts created by Hall Middle School students.  This is the second year that SR2S Teens Go Green has recruited students to create the whimsical sculptures as part of the ReThink Your Commute contests ongoing at various schools this fall.  The class with the most students who travel green over the month-long period will be award $50 cash along with the sculpture which can be proudly displayed in the classroom.

Registration Opens for Walk to School Day 

Submit a Safety Slogan for a Chance to Win $250


Registration is now open for Walk to School Day 2011. Now in its 14th year, this year's event will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 5. Walk to School Day participation reached a record high in 2010 with more than 3,500 registered U.S. events, and that number is expected to rise once again in 2011.



Walk to School Day event registration is free and available to individuals and organizations holding an October event in the U.S. 


New in 2011, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, is inviting the public to submit a safety slogan for this year's event.  Anyone is invited to submit catchy slogan ideas for the nationwide Name that Walk to School Day contest. Slogan ideas can be entered through an online form on the Walk to School Day website,, for a chance to win a $250 Walk to School Day mini-grant for a school, and to be featured on the Walk to School website.


Registering a Walk to School Day event provides organizers access to free, downloadable materials including event ideas, certificates and customizable flyers.













The Green Ways to School and SchoolPool Marin programs from TAM's Safe Routes to Schools are supported by additional funding from a $175,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation's Climate Change Initiative and through a partnership with the Marin County Office of Education.