The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program promotes healthy alternatives for children and parents in their travel to and from school. It educates students, parents and community members on the value of walking and bicycling for travel to and from school. Hundreds of students from eight of the city's nine elementary schools celebrated the Massachusetts Walk To School Day on May 4, 2011, by walking around their respective schools. Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown joined students and teachers at the John J. Doran School for their walk through the nearby Columbia Street neighborhood. "I'm hopeful that this kind of event will encourage more students and parents to consider walking to school on a regular basis," stated School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard who helped to organize the events. Students at the Spencer Borden School, who also participated in the walk, participate in a three walks to school each week. Click here to see the video of the event. For more information about the program, contact School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard at 508-675-8227.

(Top row) John J. Doran School principal Maria Pontes is joined by school superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown for a walk around the neighborhood. (Second row) Kindergarten teacher Crystal Medeiros waits with assistant principal Magaly Sanchez and kindergarten teacher Joan Shea for the children to line up for a walk around the Carlton M. Viveiros School. (Third row) Students are led around the Alfred S. Letourneau school by physical education teacher Carol Long as a parent walks with her daughter to school. (Fourth row) Students at the William S. Greene and the James Tansey Schools walk around outside the building. (Bottom row) Mary L. Fonseca principal Carrie Glenn directs students walking around the school building.

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