On Tuesday, May 6, AAA Southern New England’s Traffic Safety Educator Diana Imondi Dias visited the Claiborne Pell Elementary School to present Walk Safe, a pedestrian safety curriculum to the entire student body. The information from that lesson will be reinforced in both the art and physical education curriculum during the week.
On Friday, May 9, the school will host their spring Walk to School Day event. Parents and the entire Pell Community are invited to join the Walking School Bus for their morning activities. Since October, the Walking School Bus has employed a team of volunteers and operates like a school bus with designated stops and times. Students meet the volunteers at their stops each day, and are escorted safely to school. Three separate routes to school will be used during the Walk to School Day event, beginning at West Evans and John H Chaffee Blvd, Truman Road and Beacon Street, and the parking lot of the Triplett School at 435 Broadway St. During the walk, students and parents will be challenged to a scavenger hunt, and the students’ own art work will be displayed along the travel routes.
Many special guests from the community will be in attendance to support the students. Mayor Winthrop, along with Eric Cirella, head coach of the Salve Regina baseball team, and gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell along with his wife, Olympic medalist, Michelle Kwan will spend time with the students. Engineers from the RI Department of Transportation will also enjoy the morning walk along with active community members.
Along with some other surprises, a brief address will be given to the upper school student body at 8:30 when all the walkers have convened at the Pell School.
The Walking School Bus Program is coordinated by the Newport Family and Child Opportunity Zone, a Program of East Bay Community Action Program, in partnership with Newport Public Schools and the City of Newport. This project is supported by the Rhode Island Statewide Planning Program and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation with funding provided by the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration through the Safe Routes to School Program.