Mary Farmar Elementary
Mary Farmar has been involved in the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program since the beginning in the 2012-2013 school year when it first participated in a Walking School Bus Pilot program.
Since then, the school has participated in every SR2S activity and offering which includes International Walk to School Day, National Bike to School Day, hosting bike rodeo and bike mobile events, bike helmet fittings, Poster Contest participation, completing student travel surveys and making Walking Wednesdays a part of the school culture.
The weekly staff-led Walking Wednesdays, get support from the Benicia PD and continue to be popular with parents and students who walk from Ninth Street Park across the Military W. overpass safely to school.
The school also works closely with SR2S with its Safe Passage to School group to help address traffic safety around the school. Led by principal Mellissa Harley, the group includes teachers, parents, community members, city and school district staff and Benicia PD.
Mary Farmar Elementary continues to be an exemplary school in the county for its participation in the Safe Routes program.
Matthew Turner Elementary
The school first embraced the SR2S program during the 2012-2013 school year by starting a Walking School Bus with three routes to reduce the number of students getting to school by car. In 2013-2014, the school held three separate week-long Walk and Roll events to further encourage walking to school. During the 2014-2015 school year, the school began its monthly Walking Wednesday program, now in its 4th year. On the first Wednesday of every month school staff meet students and parents at Jack London, Skillman and Waters End Parks and walk, bike or ride scooters to school together.