Join Walk-to-School Day Wednesday

Annual Event Celebrates Life of John Lewis and 'Good Trouble'

Children from Appletree PCS pose at the 2018 Walk-to-School event

This year’s Walk-to-School Day (WTSD) will celebrate the life of beloved civil rights activist, Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at our 2017 WTSD event.

The annual WTSD event takes place Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at Lincoln Park (13th & East Capitol Streets, SE) –and virtually! Many activities will take place near the Mary McLeod Bethune statue.

We all know there are many injustices and things that aren’t right in our world, and change can come from just one person having the courage to take action.

As part of WTSD, organizers are asking participants to sign the Good Trouble Pledge: “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, say something. Do something. Get in trouble. Good trouble.”

This year’s event will feature:

  • the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia (LWVDC) who will register voters, update voter registrations and distribute election information;
  • distanced games of “Simon Says”, “Red Light, Green Light”, and a “Voter Plan” scavenger hunt;
  • a “Good Trouble Walk” around the perimeter of Lincoln Park (8:00am). We encourage people to make posters to carry on the walk;
  • a distanced walk to the nearby ballot drop boxes at Eastern Market, Northeast Library and Rosedale Library. If you have received your ballot, and are ready to vote, join one of the ballot walks starting at 8:15 a.m.!

This could be an opportunity to safely see other students from your school in person. You can help make WTSD a SAFE event. Everyone should wear a mask, and stay physically distanced. To keep everyone safe, there won’t be food at this year’s event (so everyone can keep masks on), and there won’t be official speakers.

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) will support safe traffic flow around the park. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation generously provided support for this year’s event.

Those who don’t make it to Lincoln Park on Wednesday morning can join virtually by tagging photos #GoodTroubleWalk @W6PSPO and @LWVDC on Instagram and Twitter.