Hundreds of students from and elementary will be walking to school on Wednesday along with parents, teachers, community leaders and celebrity walkers including Mr. “S” – retired Wellington PE teacher Richard Samaria and Selectman Angelo Firenze as Belmont join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day tomorrow, Oct. 5.
In coordination with Massachusetts Safe Routes to School program, the event will begin at 8 am with kids, parents and community leaders meeting on street corners throughout Belmont and walking to school. Walkers will arrive at the school between 8:20 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for a meet and greet and special prizes.
The walkers, the time and location where they will meet to begin walking to the Wellington and Butler schools are:
4th grade teacher7:30 a.m. School St. and Fairview Ave.
Mr. 'S' - Richard Samaria
retired PE teacher7:55 a.m. Oakley and Payson roads
3rd grade teacher8 a.m. Horace and Brettwood roads
3rd grade teacher
2nd grade teacher8:10 a.m. Hillcrest Rd. and Common St.
PE teacher8:10 a.m. Charles and Orchard streets
Professional teachers' aide8:10 a.m. Hillcrest Rd. and Goden St.
Sgt. Kevin Shea
Belmont Police Dept.8:10 a.m. Clark and Thomas streets
3rd grade teacher8:15 a.m. School and Goden streets
In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 6,500 schools from the 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in more than 40 countries from around the world.
The mission of Walk to School events work is to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
The event is being organized by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. There are more than 300 elementary and middle schools in 111 communities across the state working with Safe Routes to School, organizing activities and events to encourage students to walk and bicycle to school.
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