- Massachusetts Walk-to-School Day: yearly May event
- International Walk-to-School Day: yearly October event
Fall River’s elementary, middle and high schools are invited to participate in Walk-to-School annual events. The events are supported by the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which promotes healthy alternatives for children and parents in their travel to and from school and educates students, parents and community members on the value of walking and bicycling.
Walking School “Buses”
- Route: Maple Gardens Family Development to Letourneau School
- Route: to Doran Community School
Students have an opportunity to join a “Walking School Bus,” lead by school staff, every day of the week throughout the school year. Daily walks to school encourage students to exercise and engage in social interaction, which enables them to show up to school ready to learn.
Education & Awards
Safe Routes to School Education
Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDot) provides Fall River schools with a 45-minute session that educates children on pedestrian safety. Topics include the correct way to walk and bike in places where there are no sidewalks and which direction they should travel when walking and biking.
Safe Routes Grant Award for the Viveiros School
The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program educates students, parents and community members on the value of walking and bicycling. Due to Fall River’s involvement with SRTS, the city was awarded a one million dollar infrastructure grant to improve walkability around the Viveiros Elementary School in the South End. Improvements include sidewalks, traffic lighting, signage, handicap accessible ramps and markings on roadways.