Safe Route to School Projects Complete

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Kids at some schools in the Valley can now walk or bike to school safely.

Two Safe Routes to School projects are finished at Plains Elementary and Mountain View Elementary in Rockingham County.

Brandy Strickler, the assistant principal at Mountain View said the sidewalks and new pedestrian signals at the Erickson Avenue and Route 33 intersection make things safer.

Becky Johnston, a health promotions specialist at Sentara RMH, who helped with the projects, said the completion of the projects will make kids safer and healthier.

"Our area has about an 18 percent childhood obesity rate and it is important to try to get kids active as early and as much as we possibly can," said Johnston.

Before this project, which is through the Virginia Department of Transportation, families would cut through the parking lot.

Mountain View Elementary Principal Deborah Rhodes said in a statement, "We are very excited about this opportunity to promote health and fitness for the school community. Many of our families have already started enjoying the use of the sidewalks and it makes for a much safer access to our school. We greatly appreciate this partnership with the Safe Routes to School Grant and will enjoy the benefits for our students for many years to come! Thank you greatly to all of the individuals that played a role in this wonderful project!"


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