Safe Routes to School Workshop to Discuss Grants, Opportunities

STAUNTON, Va. -- Staff at local schools will have the chance to learn more about making safe routes to school a reality on Wednesday.

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission is hosting a workshop on that topic in Fishersville from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Transportation Planner Kevin McDermott said it's a way to talk about the application process for different plans and grants.

Depending on the application, the funding would help on a small or large scale.

The workshop will introduce how to apply for the quick start mini grant, which is $1,000 that schools can use to start a walk to school prgoram.

A safe route to school plan is another program that would be a way for schools to plan yearly walk to school events.

McDermott said the ultimate goal is to make infrastructure safer too, which would mean city and county planners consider changes to sidewalks or road planning.

"Walking school buses where they get a large group of kids that are coming from the same neighborhood to meet up and they all walk to school with parents and some school representatives together...it's really interesting and fun for the kids I think, said McDermott.

The workshop is through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Tranportation.

Two people in the workshop will be chosen to have a walking or biking event organized by VDOT at their school.

Wednesday's workshop will be held at the Virginia Regional Transit offices in Fishersville.

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