Sunderland wins “gold” for promoting “safe routes to school”

  • The front of Sunderland Elementary School in Sunderland with a blue skySTORY05/09/27 MacDonald

For the Gazette
Thursday, July 13, 2017

SUNDERLAND — The elementary school has been recognized at the state level for encouraging students to safely walk and bike to school.

Recently, state officials including Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Stephanie Pollack, state transportation secretary, presented Safe Routes to School awards to about 80 schools across the state. Sunderland received a “gold” award for the school’s “efforts in fostering programs for students to safely walk and bike to school.”

“Programs like Massachusetts’ Safe Routes to School are extremely important to public safety in communities. 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,” Polito said in the statement.

Among other things, the Safe Routes to School initiative puts on training programs in public elementary and middle schools across the state.

Included in the local school’s curriculum is an annual Walk and Bike to School Day, which also promoted at the state level.