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Ralston Elementary students celebrate safe route to school


A cooperative effort between students, staff, and the Harlem School District results in a safer trip to school for students at Machesney Park's Ralston Elementary.

The Ralston community gathered Thursday to cut the ribbon on a sidewalk on the south side of Ralston Road, across the street from the school. Students and staff originally presented the idea to the Village Board, and the school district helped Machesney Park get a Safe Route to Schools grant, which helped get the process going.

"And so we've been doing work on that project for the last few years and so today, we now have a sidewalk, and it's a very busy road, as you can see, so it's a very nice idea to have," Harlem School District Superintendent Julie Morris said.

In addition to providing a safer walk to school, students say they won't have to walk on wet grass or in mud during inclement weather.

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