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For Immediate Release: 10/03/2012
CONTACT: MassDOT Press Office

300 Students Join MassDOT and Safe Routes to School for the 500 Partners & Growing Walk on Boston Common
Event held as part of International Walk to School Day

BOSTON (Wednesday, October 3, 2012) – Today, Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian joined local officials, students, teachers and parents to celebrate MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School program on International Walk to School Day.

“The Safe Routes to School program focuses on promoting healthy and sustainable transportation modes for students and their families,” said Registrar Kaprielian. “As part of its collaboration with teachers, school nurses, parents, local police and public health experts, the Safe Routes team also stresses walking and biking safety for all.”

Among the 300 participants today were students from Safe Routes’ first partner school, Waltham’s Northeast Elementary and students from Woburn, the 500th school to partner with the program. The 7- to 12-year-old students making the trek around the Common also included students from Malden’s Forestdale School, Boston’s Russell and Holmes Elementary, Somerville’s Kennedy School, Everett’s Keverian and Whittier Schools and Reading’s Parker Middle School.

MassDOT partners with more than 500 elementary and middle schools that are attended by over 240,000 students in 150+ communities (more than 45% of municipalities) across the Commonwealth to deliver the Safe Routes to School program.

The program encourages physical activity and healthy behaviors in an effort to curb childhood obesity rates.

More than 40 countries are expected to participate in International Walk to School Day today from Fiji to Liechtenstein, and Kenya to Argentina.

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