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iWalk School Highlights


 State Street School, Windsor VT

“We had the best turn out ever..Over 200, including parents! We handed out information to parents about Walking Wednesday and will follow up with a Safe Routes to School meeting next week.

Our superintendent, Tom Christensen, also walked today!! Many parents and Windsor High School students joined us.  We even had a yellow jacket!!”

Northeast Primary, Rutland VT

“We had a nice group for our walk today. Our Principal enthusiastically led our walk. We had families walk from their homes (as I did too!) or drive or carpool and meet at the Godnick Center. Teachers and staff joined families during the walk. It was not quite as large as we usually get on a bright, sunny Walk-to-School day…but it was a happy bunch! The ‘swag’ was very well-received.  Thank you!”

Fleming Elementary, Essex Junction VT

“Over 400 students from four Essex Junction schools skipped their carpools to walk or bike to school! Each student filled out a paper shoe with reasons why they like to walk or bike to school that were hung along the schools’ hallways. Mr. Guilmette's 5th grade class at Thomas Fleming School was awarded the Golden Shoe Award for having the highest percentage (91%) of students of any class in the school to participate in the event.”

School Partners


Welcome to our newest Partners!

Browns River Middle School

Central Elementary School

Champlain Elementary School

Fleming Elementary School

Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School

Jericho Elementary School

Lincoln Community School

Rutland Intermediate School

Saxtons River Elementary

Shelburne Community School

Summit Street School

Weathersfield School

Check our website for the complete list of our Partners and Friends!

Becoming a Partner is easy! Click here to get started today!

Calendar


October: International Walk to School Month

October 19: Mini-Grant Deadline

November 18: Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

May 2, 2012: Vermont Walk to School day

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October, 2011                                                       
From our State SRTS Coordinator


Dear Safe Routes to School Friends and School Champions,

Now that many of our communities are starting to get back to the routines they were used to before Irene disrupted them, I hope that there will be continued and renewed interest in the Safe Routes to School program. The Vermont response to Irene has shown once again that the strength of our communities is an asset that can help us get through the toughest of times.  

It is with regret that I announce that Aimee Pope, the VTrans Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the past 2+ years, has moved on to a new position in state government.  Of course, we all wish Aimee well in her new job as she continues to provide quality public service to Vermont citizens.  VTrans fully intends to fill the Coordinator position, but for the time being, I will be acting as the interim Coordinator.  Having served as the first Safe Routes to School Coordinator for VTrans during the early years of the program, I am confident that this will be a seamless transition.

October is Walk to School month and Wednesday the 5th was International Walk to School Day (IWalk).  I am proud to say that Vermont doubled the number of participating schools from a year ago to more than 40 this year.  This demonstrates the continued interest and excitement around walking and bicycling to school.  New schools are Partnering with the VT SRTS program every day, and we hope that participation in IWalk is an indication of greater efforts to get more kids walking and biking to school in Vermont.

Becoming a Partner with the Vermont SRTS Resource Center is an easy way to keep the momentum going at your school.  The Center will continue to be ready for your phone calls and e-mails when you are ready to begin incorporating the concepts of SRTS into your schools transportation plan. The Vermont SRTS Resource Center is fully up and running and is ready to help you organize and start your program!

Our website, www.saferoutesvt.org, has been updated and redesigned to provide you with more current information, resources, and tools to support your Safe Routes to School efforts.

Happy walking and rolling to school!

Jon Kaplan

Interim Vermont SRTS State Coordinator

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SRTS Resource Center News

James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award: Call for Applications

The annual Award recognizes a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program for outstanding achievement in improving the health and well-being of an entire generation of school children.

This year's Safe Routes to School Award will recognize exemplary achievement by a SRTS program that has greatly improved the safety or increased the number of elementary or middle school students who walk and bicycle to school.  Additional consideration will be given to applicants who have made active transportation to/from school an integral part of the school's culture over time.

The application deadline is Wednesday, October 26, 2011. For more information, please see www.saferoutesinfo.org/data-central/success-stories/safe-routes-to-school-award.

SRTS School Newsletter Blurb


Consider designating a section in your school's newsletter for fun facts, tips, and information about Safe Routes to School!  

Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can help reduce air pollution so all can breathe easier.

If half of the students at an average sized elementary school walked or biked to school, they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 39 tons in a year. That is equivalent of the carbon-saving abilities of a 900-tree forest in a 10-year period.

When families decide to lace-up their sneakers to walk, or strap on their bike helmets to pedal to school instead of riding in a car, they reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by motor vehicles. These pollutants are especially harmful to kids.

Try organizing a walking school bus or bicycle train from your neighborhood.

These tips have been provided by the www.walktoschool.org

SRTS Supporting Grants


SRTS Mini-Grant Program

The National Center for Safe Routes to School funds a local $1,000 mini-grant program that supports the goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, which is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments.

SRTS mini-grants fund activities ranging from the nuts and bolts that help start or sustain a program to new ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe walking and bicycling. The National Center invites student and adult leaders to consider their school's needs and interests and to propose solutions that are also part of a broader safe walking/bicycling to school effort.

The National Center will be accepting SRTS mini-grant applications for the next round of funding from September 7 – October 19, 2011.

For more information visit: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/funding-portal/mini-grants