Why Walk?

  • Lots of Zervas families walk! Walking boosts a sense of community and improves neighborhood connections.
  • Students arrive ready to learn, healthy, awake and alert, with better focus and concentration, which can improve academic performance. [see article]
  • Increased daily physical activity forms healthy habits that can last a lifetime, helping children build strong bones, muscles and joints.
  • It’s fun! Walking brings a sense of joy and independence to children.

Walkable Zervas

The new Zervas Elementary is designed to be a walkable school!

  • Stoplight at Beacon & Beethoven is updated to the latest technology.
    • New ADA compliant crossings and pedestrian signal alerts allow ALL children and families to walk safely to school.
    • No right turn on red in any direction so children are safe from turning cars.
    • Wider landing pad on the school corner.
    • Timing on the light is adjustable so children have enough time to fully cross the street at drop-off/pick-up times.
  • PATH that connects from Cold Spring Park to the sidewalk along the front of the school, allowing easy access for Newton Highlands families to walk to school through the woods.
  • Buses and staff vehicles  access the school from Beacon Street so do not cross the paths of children.
  • Zervas continues to have dedicated crossing guards at
    • Crosswalk at Woodward & Beethoven
    • Stoplight at Beacon & Beethoven

Please click here to address obstacles that are keeping your child from walking to school.