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We need your help: Safe Routes to School initiative

Published on 2022-06-19 by pgoupdates Community News

A group of Crocker Farm parents is reactivating an earlier discussion about Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and the idea of improving the walkability for students and families at Crocker Farm. 

A Wildwood parent, Christine Lindstrom, has started an effort to get the Amherst schools more involved with the Massachusetts SRTS program. Through her efforts, we have heard from the ARPS Superintendent’s office and the SRTS coordinator for western Mass that there is a preliminary plan to begin some SRTS initiatives in the elementary schools next school year.

At this stage we are collecting some baseline information on how many students walk and bike to Wildwood, Fort River, and Crocker Farm schools.  Volunteers collected this data for Wildwood and Fort River a few weeks ago, and we’d like to get these numbers during arrival and dismissal times at Crocker Farm next Tuesday, assuming the weather is good.  We’d like to have these counts before school gets out and the time is short.

How you can help

If you’re available to help with these counts during arrival or dismissal times at Crocker Farm on Tuesday, can you please get in touch with Christine Lindstrom (CLL800[at]aol.com) or Tracy Zafian (tracy[at]zafian.com).

The would love to hear from you too if you’re not available next Tuesday, but have kids at Crocker Farm and would like to get involved in promoting SRTS at Crocker next year.  

If there are other Crocker Farm parents you know you might be interested as well, please feel free to share this info with them. 

There is the potential that once Crocker Farm is engaged with the SRTS program again that ARPS could apply for, and receive SRTS grant funds for smaller or larger pedestrian safety projects to improve walkability to Crocker. 

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