1st Safe Routes to School National Conference to be Held in November

The National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership proudly present the 1st Safe Routes to School National Conference: Creating, Building and Sustaining Momentum. The conference will be held November 5-7, 2007, in Dearborn, Michigan and will be hosted by the Michigan Fitness Foundation.

The conference is a great opportunity for those interested in the health and safety of children to explore aspects of the Safe Routes to School program and other variables that can improve the wellness of schoolchildren. The conference will address needs among urban, suburban and rural settings, allowing for opportunity to address a variety of topics and interests among attendees.

In addition to support for the conference, the National Center for Safe Routes to School will also be providing a total of $10,000 in stipend funding to assist Safe Routes to School programs with travel expenses in order to attend the conference. The stipend is designed specifically to encourage local program champions who do not have other funding to support travel to the conference.

Qualified recipients include individuals who are active in local health, safety, or walking and bicycling activities benefiting schoolchildren and who are interested in developing or further developing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. The deadline for application is August 31, 2007. Stipend recipients will be announced in mid September 2007.