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. About 100 students from the Spencer Borden Elementary School on the North Side of Fall River celebrated the Massachusetts Walk To School Day on May 5, 2010, by walking the 0.4 mile along Stanley Street to the School from the former Highland School on Robeson Street. Assistant Principal Michael Ward organized the event with the help of several teachers and parents who accompanied the students for the fifteen minute walk. He plans to encourage the students and their parents to make walking to school a regular occasion to improve student health and morale. Click here to see the video of the event. For more information about the program, contact Children In Balance Project Manager Marcia Picard at 508-324-2228.

(Top row, left and right) Assistant Principal Michael Ward assists students who are dropped off by their parents at the former Highland School on Stanley Street before giving them instructions on safe walking. (Top row, right) Spencer Borden teachers Mrs. Fredette and Mrs. Santoro lead the students down Stanley Street toward the school. (Middle row, left) Students Seth Lewis, Patrick Simoes and Luke Eleuterio walk together wearing their hats. (Middle row, right)  Christopher Philips and Cody Medas walk together. (Bottom row) Gabrielle Noverso, Maddison Langlois, and Gwyn Addison get ready to cross Chestnut Street where crossing guard Donna Nunes chats with parent Donna Cabral.

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