Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack today presented Safe Routes to School awards to officials from nearly 80 partner schools and community champions to recognize their efforts in fostering programs for students to safely walk and bike to school.  In addition, eight schools were given designated “Honor Roll” awards for recognition of their exemplary programs.

“Programs like Massachusetts Safe Routes to School are extremely important to public safety in the Commonwealth’s communities,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito. “By educating and encouraging our students at an early age to safely walk and bike, we encourage them to be independent and empower them to make healthy transportation choices now and in the future.”

A program of MassDOT, the statewide Safe Routes to School Program promotes annual flagship events such as the Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day and the International Walk to School Day. Along with these events, SRTS offers pedestrian and bicycle training activities at more than half of the Commonwealth’s public elementary and middle schools accounting for nearly 780 schools in 200 communities.  In addition to safety trainings, SRTS helps schools and their local communities to plan customizable activities, provides event materials, assists with the formation of walking routes to and from school, and offers one-on-one assistance to meet the needs of each school and their respective communities.

“MassDOT is pleased to partner with municipal leaders, school officials, parent groups and various stakeholders to identify needed safety improvements to facilitate safe walking and biking to school,” said MassDOT Secretary Pollack. “The Safe Routes to School Program serves as a valuable resource to the communities across the Commonwealth, providing educational opportunities and suggesting safe routes design options in order to encourage travel options.”

During the ceremony today, eight “Honor Roll” awards were presented to the following schools:

 

  • Exemplary Program by Region:
    • Joseph Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
    • Ralph D. Butler Elementary School, Avon
    • Blueberry Hill Elementary School, Longmeadow
    • Thomas R. Plympton Elementary School, Waltham

 

  • Community/Stakeholder Collaboration
    • Cape Cod Commission, Barnstable County
      • Honorable Mention: 21st Century Group, Lawrence

 

  • Biking All-Star
    • Lawrence Middle School, Falmouth
      • Honorable Mention: Alden Elementary School, Duxbury
      • Honorable Mention: Thompson Elementary School, Arlington

 

  • Walking All-Star
    • Johnson Elementary School, Nahant
      • Honorable Mention: Peter Thacher Elementary School, Attleboro

 

  • Safe Routes to School Superhero of the Year
    • Elizabeth Carpenito, Principal Bournedale Elementary School, Bourne
      • Honorable Mention: Sandra Widland, Sharon
      • Honorable Mention: Marcia Picard

 

The following schools received “Gold” awards:

  • John D. McGovern Elementary School, Medway
  • C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, Adams
  • Peter Thacher Elementary School, Attleboro
  • Ralph D. Butler Elementary School, Avon
  • David A. Ellis Elementary School, Boston
  • Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Boston
  • James F. Peebles Elementary School, Bourne
  • Bournedale Elementary School, Bourne
  • Louis F. Angelo Elementary School, Brockton
  • Andrew Peabody Elementary School, Cambridge
  • Dean S. Luce Elementary School, Canton
  • Chatham Elementary School, Chatham
  • William E. Russell Elementary School, Dorchester
  • Alden Elementary School, Duxbury
  • Fall River Public Schools, Fall River
  • Lawrence School, Falmouth
  • Millbury Street Elementary School, Grafton
  • Harwich Elementary School, Harwich
  • Blueberry Hill Elementary School, Longmeadow
  • Brooks Elementary School, Medford
  • Roberts Elementary School, Medford
  • Collicot Elementary School, Milton
  • Cunningham Elementary School, Milton
  • Glover Elementary School, Milton
  • Tucker Elementary School, Milton
  • Charles S. Pierce Elementary School, Milton
  • Johnson Elementary School, Nahant
  • Newman Elementary School, Needham
  • Brayton Elementary School, North Adams
  • Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Elementary School, North Attleboro
  • Anna Ware Jackson Elementary School, Plainville
  • Atherton Hough Elementary School, Quincy
  • Dennis C. Haley Pilot School, Roslindale
  • Haynes Early Education Center, Roxbury
  • Cottage Street Elementary School, Sharon
  • Rebecca Johnson School, Springfield
  • Sunderland Elementary School, Sunderland
  • Patrick Lyndon Elementary School, West Roxbury
  • Mattacheese Middle School, Yarmouth

 

The following schools received “Silver” awards:

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School, Boston
  • Harvard-Kent Elementary School, Charlestown
  • Mary C. Burke Elementary Complex, Chelsea
  • Joseph Osgood School, Cohasset
  • Mather Elementary School, Dorchester
  • William E. Russell Elementary School, Dorchester
  • Mountain View School, East Longmeadow
  • Oak Street Elementary School, Franklin
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Holbrook
  • Kane Elementary School, Marlborough
  • Raymond C. Richer Elementary School, Marlborough
  • Mason-Rice Elementary School, Newton
  • Annie L. Sargent Elementary School, North Andover
  • Bridge Street School, Northampton
  • Morningside Community School, Pittsfield
  • Phineas Bates Elementary School, Roslindale
  • Albert S. Woodward Memorial School, Southborough
  • Memorial Elementary School, West Springfield
  • Lynch Elementary School, Winchester
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Winchester

 

The following schools received “Bronze” awards:

  • Pakachoag Elementary School, Auburn
  • Beethoven Elementary School, Boston
  • William E. Russell Elementary School, Dorchester
  • Hatfield Elementary School, Hatfield
  • Forest Avenue Elementary School, Hudson
  • Joseph Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
  • Fuller Meadow Elementary School, Middleton
  • Woodland Elementary School, Milford
  • Jackson Street School, Northampton
  • CJ Prescott Elementary School, Norwood
  • Williams Elementary School, Pittsfield
  • Winter Hill Community Innovation School, Somerville
  • Thomas R. Plympton Elementary School, Waltham

 

The following schools received “Basic” awards:

  • Bryn Mawr Elementary School, Auburn
  • Kennedy-Longfellow School, Cambridge
  • Cyrus Peirce Middle School, Nantucket

 

 

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and with funds from the Federal Highway Administration, promotes safer routes for students to get to school by fostering partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders, and public health departments.

 

For more information on Massachusetts Safe Routes to School visit:

 

For more information on Massachusetts Safe Routes to School: visit SRTS at our website: www.mass.gov/massdot/saferoutes, or follow SRTS on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/safeRoutes_MA or on Facebook at: www.Facebook.com/SafeRoutes.MA

 

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