Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants: How a Little Can Go a Long Way

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 (All day)

This webinar explores lessoned learned from three recipients of a $1,000 mini-grant from the National Center for Safe Routes to School. In the spring semester of 2010, twenty-five schools received mini-grants for local projects that encourage student creativity in Safe Routes to School.

Pam Barth from the National Center provides an overview of the mini-grant program and representatives of the three schools discuss how the mini-grant helped their programs. Scott Bordon, parent and volunteer coordinator, discusses Lyndale Community School's (Minneapolis, Minn.) SRTS program which focuses on establishing well-organized, parent-led walking school buses. The goal of their efforts is not only to improve the safety of students already walking but also to increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school, help students and families develop relationships, build bridges across cultures, promote more active parent involvement, and in turn help to develop a strong community. Julie Harris, Activate Omaha Outreach Coordinator, discusses Saddlebrook Elementary School's (Omaha, Neb.) program including the development of a student-led program that educates fellow students about the science of bicycling and its environmental and health benefits. The program incorporates fun experiments and demonstrations using bicycle themed equipment, including a brain-shaped Jell-O mold and a bicycle blender. Erin Sheel, Intercity Transit, discusses the development of Madison, Roosevelt and Pioneer Elementary Schools' (Olympia, Wash.) anti-idling and anti-speeding campaign for parents at these schools. The program uses speeding audits and air quality monitoring.

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