BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, today conducted its annual Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Awards Ceremony virtually to recognize SRTS partner schools and community champions in their efforts in administering programs for students to safely walk and bike to school.
“I would like to thank our school and community partners for their collaboration in providing safe routes to schools across the Commonwealth,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The Safe Routes to School Program is even more important than ever in our world today, because due to the pandemic, people are seeking new ways to travel to their destinations and walking and bicycling are appropriate choices, as long as there are sidewalks, traffic signals and other infrastructure which can ensure that the trips are safe.”
The annual event honors schools, community collaborators, and individual stakeholders who help make Massachusetts a healthier, greener state by fostering strong SRTS initiatives in their local neighborhoods. The awards are open to all partner schools, alliance partner representatives, and community stakeholders. At the event, level achievement certificates will be distributed to partners and honors will be announced, including, the Exemplary Program Award, Community Collaboration Award, and the Nikki Tishler Memorial Award.
The following school and community partners were recognized at this year’s awards ceremony:
Exemplary Programs by Region Winners:
- Lee Elementary School, Lee
- Roberts Elementary School, Medford
- Parthum Elementary and Middle Schools, Lawrence
- Nathaniel Morton Elementary School, Plymouth
Exemplary Programs by Region Honorable Mentions:
- Clarksburg School, Clarksburg
- Miller Elementary School, Holliston
- Roger Clap Elementary School, Dorchester
- Marguerite E. Small Elementary School, Yarmouth
- Shape Up Somerville (Winner)
- Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (Honorable Mention)
Nikki Tishler Memorial Award:
- Emily Schiavoni, North Adams Public Schools
Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and with funds from the Federal Highway Administration, the Massachusetts SRTS Program promotes safer routes for students to get to school through a focus on the six E’s—Education, Encouragement, Evaluation, Enforcement, Engineering, and Equity.
The Program hosts annual flagship events such as Massachusetts Walk, Bike, and Roll to School Day. The Program also offers pedestrian and bicycle training activities, walk and bike assessments, and arrival/dismissal observations at schools. SRTS works with schools and their local communities to help customize safety-focused activities, provide resources to help facilitate safe student travel, and offer one-on-one assistance for each school’s specific needs. By fostering partnerships between advocacy groups, municipal officials, law enforcement, education leaders, and public health departments, the program can serve over 920 public elementary and middle schools in over 225 communities across the Commonwealth. You can learn more about Safe Routes to School by visiting www.mass.gov/safe-routes-to-school.