After Accidents, Walk to School Day Will Highlight Safety
from the Mamaroneck Schools
(October 2, 2008) As part of Larchmont-Mamaroneck’s Safe Routes to School Initiative, all four elementary schools in the Mamaroneck School District (Central, Chatsworth Avenue, Mamaroneck Avenue, and Murray Avenue) will join schools from around the globe to participate in International Walk to School Day on October 8, 2008. This year’s Walk to School Day comes just a few weeks after two Hommocks students were struck by cars following school dismissal, but not on school property. (See: Two Hommocks Students Hit By Cars; Traffic Safety Stressed.)
“Student safety remains a significant concern, as
several serious incidents have occurred over the last few months,”
says Dr. Paul Fried, Superintendent, Mamaroneck Public Schools. “Walk
to School Day presents another opportunity to reiterate the importance
of observing safe pedestrian practices for students and safe driving precautions
In fact, the Mamaroneck Union Free School District has deemed
October 6 – 10 “Walk to School Week.” All elementary-aged
children in the district (about 2,400) will be encouraged to walk, bike
or carpool to school each day that week. Special activities associated
with the event include walking school buses, giveaways, teacher greeters,
and parent/child safety pledges.
The event is being organized by the elementary schools’ PTA organizations.
The Larchmont/Mamaroneck Safe Routes to School Committee has provided
information and guidance to the schools with the hope that Walk to School
Week will highlight the health benefits of regular daily physical activity
among children, the need for pedestrian safety, the dangers of traffic
congestion, concern for the environment, and the positive impact of building
connections between families, schools and the broader community.