SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

May 2, 2013

Salem walks to school tomorrow

SALEM — Groups of elementary students will be walking to school, en masse, tomorrow morning to mark Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day.

Youngsters from four of the city’s elementary schools — Bates, Bentley, Carlton and Saltonstall — will meet at organized points across the city and walk to school together between 7 and 8 a.m.

It’s meant to encourage walking, and the host of benefits it brings, from helping the environment to boosting school pride, said John Pelletier, who is organizing the effort out of Mayor Kim Driscoll’s office.

Kids who are active, and who walk or bike to school, have been shown to be more attentive and focused in school, he said.

Driscoll will be among the participants, walking with her two children to Saltonstall.

“Salem is known for being such a good walking city, yet the majority of our students do not walk to school (for various reasons),” Driscoll said. “... I have fond memories of walking to school, and this is a great way to re-create that.”

Tomorrow will be the first time that a citywide walk to school effort has been organized in Salem. Hopefully, it will grow and become an annual event, Pelletier said.

Pelletier is the city’s Mass in Motion program coordinator, a four-year, grant-funded position covered by Partners HealthCare.

While some Salem students walk to school already, this week’s walk is meant to encourage those who have never thought of walking to join their friends that do, Pelletier said.

Tomorrow’s walk will also establish safe routes to the four schools. The group walking to Carlton will use the city’s bike path for some of its route, Pelletier said.

“We’re hoping this is something we can build on,” Driscoll said. “We have such a great walking city, this could be something that really takes off here.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Comments Tracker