The Safe Routes to School program received a grant that will allow them to create new school traffic and pedestrian safety initiatives in Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Rye and Rye Neck so kids can be outside more and still be safe from traffic.
One intiative already in place is the walking school bus. Staff at the respective schools pick up students from a designated location on foot once a week.
"The kids go by the stops, pick up the other kids at the stops, and keep on walking," said New York State Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck), who secured a $5,000 grant from New York State for the Rye YMCA program. "Maybe it'll catch on."
Oppenheimer visited the Murray Ave Elementary School in Larchmont this week to celebrate the grant with the superintendant of schools Dr. Robert Shaps, Murray Ave. School principal Jennifer Monaco, as well as teachers and students.
"I think it's an effort that has to be pursued by all, parents as well," she said.
The goal of the Safe Routes to School program is to encourage kids to become more active by getting outside more. Initiatives like the walking school bus are designed to create a safer environment for children to be outdoors.
Oppenheimer and Safe Routes to School now have the capacity to fund similar initiatives, like implementing bicycling and jogging lanes for children.
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