Paws prints

The Huskies’ mascot Paws digs into the snow out­side the vis­itor center Tuesday after­noon during the storm.

Photo by Brooks Canaday.

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  1. Ques­tion for you…as you may know, Boston Public Schools is working with the Boston Public Health Com­mis­sion and var­ious depart­ments within the City to bring Safe Routes to School (SRTS) to Boston. This is the 3rd year and final year of our grant to build capacity within schools and the com­mu­nity to pro­mote walking to school safely. Walking to school increases stu­dents’ phys­ical activity, and there­fore increases their readi­ness to learn. We also believe that walking to school is an equity issue because Boston is one of the most walk­able cities in the country, yet many of our stu­dents are not able to even walk to school because of safety con­cerns. BPS is doing our part to pro­vide pedes­trian safety edu­ca­tion to stu­dents, as well as make this an issue for school well­ness coun­cils to tackle. We are also trying to get together var­ious stake­holders to come together to solve this problem of making streets safe both phys­i­cally through infra­struc­ture repairs/​changes, and per­son­ally by pro­viding sup­ports and sys­tems (crossing guards, safe havens, etc).

    ​We are looking for ways to make our upcoming event, Walk to School Day, fun, as well as encourage more stu­dents and fam­i­lies to join in. Do you think you could help to arrange for PAWS to join us at a school for a half hour on the morning of Wednesday Oct. 5 to be a “Guest Crossing Guard” at a school and ​to help bring aware­ness to this ini­tia­tive? All it would involve is standing with a reg­ular crossing guard and cheering on stu­dents who walked to school that day, and thanking par­ents for sup­porting their stu­dents and com­mu­nity. ​Also, any pub­licity at your end to say ​how your sup­port BPS stu­dents to be healthy through increased phys­ical activity, how being healthy sup­ports more suc­cess aca­d­e­m­i­cally, etc.. would also be helpful (through social media, tra­di­tional media, etc). We can pro­vide all the talking points.

    We would really appre­ciate your support!

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