Studies have shown that children who walk to school are more alert and ready to learn improving school performance. Walking to school is a great way to socialize and it's fun.
MEMS joined Safe Routes to School (SRTS) in March 2013 and has advanced from basic to silver level in just one year. With the help of SRTS and a team at MEMS including the school nurse, PE teacher, police officer, town planner, BCRC member, MEMS head of transportation, and an interested parent, a Travel Plan was developed. The Town of Manchester and MEMS received a joint grant from the Vermont Department of Transportation for a scoping study to look at making School Street safer for walking, to add a pedestrian crosswalk joining Bonnet and School Streets, and to improve the crosswalk between Main Street and Memorial Avenue. At the end of May, MEMS is collaborating with Amy Verner of Battenkill Sports to teach students bicycle safety. We hope to add a "Bike to School Day" weekly in the fall.
For more information on SRTS or the Walk to School day, contact Carol Baringer, MEMS School Nurse and SRTS coordinator at 362-1597, ext. 1127.