Organizers Look to Continue Safe Routes to School Program

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Harrisonburg City Council members are getting set to consider a request to support the Safe Routes to School program at their meeting Tuesday night.

Organizers are requesting $100,000 dollars from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

This would help the program continue in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg and would be more money than they receive now.

Becky Johnston, an organizer from RMH, said if they don't get this grant, they'll have to find another to fund the program or there is a chance the program would have to be ended.

The program encourages kids to walk to school or at school in a safe way.

18 percent of kids ages 10 to 17 are obese or overweight in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, according to Johnston.

She said this program can have a great effect on health.

"Any amount of time that we can get kids active and outside can increase their concentration during school, can increase their ability to sit in class all day, and listen and be attentive," said Johnston.

Johnston said Tuesday night, a presentation will be made to city council members asking them to support the grant because it will help the application process.

Organizers hope to find out if they got the grant next spring.


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