Local Businesses Support Active Kids
Hey, Boulder Valley students, get rewarded for walking, biking, carpooling and busing to and from school! BVSD Trip Tracker Dollars do just that by awarding you “money” that you can spend at 50 local businesses. Imagine being paid for your bicycling, walking, and transit trips to places such as Glacier Ice Cream, Boulder Cycle Sport, Gateway Fun Park and Piece, Love and Chocolate.
Many students already participate. More than 40 percent of students at Casey, Centennial, Manhattan, Platt, Southern Hills and Summit middle schools did last year, earning a total of $48,500. Elementary students participated at an even higher rate of 54% and earned $97,000 at Bear Creek, BCSIS, Community Montessori, Creekside, Flatirons, Foothill, Heatherwood, High Peaks, Horizons K-8, Mesa, Monarch K-8, Pioneer, Superior, University Hill and Whittier. In total, 4,723 students from 21 schools earned more than $145,000 Trip Tracker dollars for 561,566 car-free commutes to school.
All of the participating businesses are reimbursed for the Trip Tracker dollars that they accept at 50 cents on the dollar. This reimbursement is funded with annual support from GO Boulder, School PTA/PTOs, parent fundraising and the Annual Trip Tracker Silent Auction.
The Trip Tracker program for the 2016-17 school year will introduce a new option to students—to become philanthropists! Students may choose to have their Trip Tracker earnings donated to any of a specific list of local non-profit organizations on a monthly basis. The list includes Boulder Food Rescue, Community Cycles, The Eco-Cycle Green Star Program, Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Growing Gardens and Sister Carmen. There will also be an option for schools to designate a school-wide initiative for Trip Tracker donations.
The big splash for BVSD Trip Tracker this year was the Principal’s Challenge Trophy competition. Schools competed against each other to see which one could report the most car-free commutes to school relative to their school enrollment (the “Green Trip Percentage”). The winner was University Hill Elementary, one of two schools where students reported trips daily in class instead of relying on a monthly survey submitted by parents.
UniHill students reported 49,000 Green Trips out of 115,000 possible (43 percent). Students enjoyed a popsicle party (hosted by the Trip Tracker Dude) and the school will be the home of the trophy for this year. Competition rules restrict any school from winning the trophy two years in a row so the 2016-17 winner could be a hot competition between any of the 20 participating schools.
So get on board and start tracking those trips!