Friday, May 13, 2011

MA Walks to School Successes

May 2011
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Community Highlights
Cottage Street School
Community Champion
Amvet Boulvard & Community School
Participating Schools
Bernon Family Branch:
Oak Street Elementary, Franklin
Stallbrook Elementary, Bellingham
Invensy's Foxboro Branch:
Igo Elementary, Foxboro
Burnell Elementary, Foxboro
Taylor Elementary, Foxboro
  Jordan/Jackson, Mansfield
Cottage Street, Sharon
Heights Elementary, Sharon
East Elementary, Sharon
North Attleboro Branch:
Amvet Boulevard, North Attleboro
Community, North Attleboro
St.Mary-Sacred Heart, North Attleboro
Community Sponsors
Special thanks to:

 Bank of America for providing breakfast bars, prizes and supporting the organization of SRTS in North Attleboro. 

Associates at JCPenny for donating over sixty prizes for North Attleboro's "Golden Sneaker Raffle."
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Massachusetts Walks to School Day
The Hockomock Area YMCA supported twelve schools in our communities that participated in Massachusetts Walk to School Day on May 4, 2011. This annual event, encouraged by MassRides Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, provides youth, parents, and community volunteers the opportunity to participate in a healthy, environmentally friendly travel option to and from school.

With over 100 elementary and middle schools around the commonwealth taking part in MA Walks to School Day, our YMCA was excited to provide volunteers to support safe, successful events.

Our YMCA values the SRTS program and other important community-driven programs, projects and polices that help make the healthy choice the easy choice for our communities as part of our Healthy Futures Initiative. Our YMCA is committed to reducing youth inactivity and poor nutrition.    

Cottage Street School

SRTS cottage street 2011 
Cottage Street School has incorporated the Safe Routes to School Program into the School Wellness Policy and has successfully launched monthly Walking Wednesdays.  Students are encouraged to walk on the first Wednesday of the month and they have the option of four different meeting locations that are staffed by faculty, parent and YMCA volunteers. Meeting locations are color coded with a matching color assigned to each bus, creating an effective efficent system.  

Community Champion 
susan johnson

Susan Johnson has been a crossing guard in Franklin for forteen years. For the past ten years she has been helping students safely walk to Oak Street Elementary School with spirit and enthusiasm.

Each day the students look forward to seeing which of her seventy-five hats she'll wear that day! On MA Walks to School Day she was wearing a chicken hat, as she is also a foodservice staff and chicken was being served that day.

Amvet Boulvard & Community Schoolnorth attleboro walk to school
With over four hundred walkers, community sponsors and volunteers, North Attleboro shined at it's second MA Walks to School Day.
Students walked from meeting areas determined through a colloboration with Bank of America, North Attleboro School Administrators and the Hockomock Area YMCA. Students who were bused to school were encouraged to walk when they arrived, providing all students with the opportunity to participate.
Committed to 'paying it forward,' our Y was able to deliver over one hundred fifty bags of groceries to Lenore's Pantry made possible by generous donations from members and staff. Barbara Zimmer, School Age Program Director, said, "I felt so privaleged to see the face and the reaction from the Town Nurse, Anne Marie Fleming, who was overwhelmed with the donation. It was a great addition to the day!"
Please contact a member of our Healthy Futures Team if you would like to learn more about our Healthy Futures Initiative or to join one of our community-driven task forces.
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Healthy Futures Team 
Hockomock Area YMCA Healthy Futures Team:

Bernon Family Branch: Lauren Marciszyn, RD, LDN, Director of Youth & Community Wellness:

Invensy's Foxboro Branch: Caitlin Hurley, Director of Youth & Community Wellness:

North Attleboro Branch: Mike Mahoney, C.S.C.S, Director of Community & Workplace
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