From the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance –
Everyone walks! Walking is a fun and healthy way to get around, and this month students from Sewell-Anderson, Ingalls, Hood, and Drewicz schools learned and practiced pedestrian safety skills to help make them safer, smarter walkers. During their training, teachers, school staff, and trainers from MA Safe Routes to School presented several unsafe walking situations in parking lots, crosswalks, and on sidewalks. Students worked toward understanding why these situations were risky and how to negotiate them by practicing safe walking skills that included crossing streets at marked crossings, how to “sneak and peak” when coming out from between two cars, and to always look left-right-left.
Pedestrian safety is one piece of the larger Safe Routes to School initiative being pursued by Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance, which aims to make walking a safe, easy choice for all students in Lynn. This program, offered to participating elementary schools in partnership with Massachusetts Safe Routes to School and the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation, instructs children to understand and make decisions about where to walk and cross by making safety the top priority.
For information on how to bring Safe Route to School programming to your elementary or middle school, contact Kathe Landergan at email@example.com.
Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance (LFFA), based out of the Lynn Public Health Department, works to bring together diverse networks of stakeholders in the city of Lynn to identify, develop, and implement policy and environmental changes that promote healthy eating and active living for all residents. For more on LFFA, find them on Facebook!