Students are invited to join the Minnesota Safe Routes to School’s (SRTS) second annual Winter Walk to School Day Feb. 7.

“We celebrate winter in Minnesota. The cold, snow and ice are just another season and meant to be enjoyed,” said Dave Cowan, SRTS coordinator. “Walking and biking to school in winter is another way to get outside, be active and connect with your community. We encourage all Minnesota kids to put on their hats, gloves, boots and coats, and walk with a friend, class or entire school.”

 Schools are invited to submit their stories and photos of their event to compete for the Golden Snow Boot Award. Last year, Pilot Knob STEM Magnet School won the award. The school dropped nearly 100 percent of their students at a community center about a mile away from the school.

 “They traveled through parks and trails and noted that, in spite of the cold, they enjoyed watching the sunrise and felt it was a great community-building event,” said Cowan.

 Interested schools can get more information, including a toolkit to help them plan the event, by visiting the Minnesota Department of Transportation Web site at www.dot.state.mn.us.