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Linden K-8 community participates in ‘Walk and Roll Day’ hosted by MassDOT ‘Safe Routes To School’ program

Students and family members joined educators and staff from the Linden STEAM Academy K-8 school to take part in the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Safe Routes To School program this week. Mayor Gary Christenson, Councillors Steve Winslow (Ward 6, City Council President) and Ari Tayor (Ward 5) and School Committee Member Sharyn Rose-Zeiberg (Ward 8) joined the Linden Community to participate in the Winter Walk and Roll to School. Students, teachers and families met at Hawkridge Delta Park on Beach Street or Steve’s Corner Store on Salem Street in an effort to raise awareness of getting to school safely.

The program works to increase safe walking and biking among elementary, middle and high school students by using a collaborative, community-focused approach. School leaders encouraged students to wear bright colors in the evening or early morning, to cross at crosswalks, to be aware of surroundings and to always look both ways before crossing.

An added bonus was that the students assisted the Mayor in picking up trash along the route.


Mayor and School Committee Chairperson Gary Christenson declares Feb. 5-9 National School Counseling Week in Malden

In coordination with Malden Public Schools’ Director of School Counseling, Testing & Academic Support, Erin Craven, Mayor Gary Christenson officially proclaimed February 5-9 National School Counseling Week in Malden. Sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students be successful in school and plan for their future.

School counseling plays a pivotal role in fostering the development and well-being of students, transcending the traditional role of academic guidance. As educational institutions navigate the complex terrain of modern challenges, the importance of school counseling has become increasingly evident. Beyond assisting students in academic planning and course selection, counselors serve as advocates for mental health, providing invaluable support to students grappling with emotional distress, anxiety or personal struggles. School counseling also plays a pivotal role in facilitating post-secondary transitions and career exploration.

More than 25 school counselors were in attendance along with Superintendent Dr. Ligia Noriega-Murphy and School Committee Vice Chairperson Jennifer Spadafora (Ward 3) as the Mayor officially thanked them for their important work in the district and issued a Proclamation on behalf of the City of Malden.


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