EATON — The Eaton Safe Routes to School planning team will have tables at the three scheduled back-to-school open houses on Tuesday, Aug. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Hollingsworth East Elementary, William Bruce Elementary and Eaton Middle Schools.
There will be information about the new Safe Routes to School program at Eaton Community Schools in partnership with the City of Eaton, as well as copies of the draft plan and maps showing the initial recommendations. Parents and other members of the public are encouraged to visit the open house to share comments and ask questions.
A group of community and school representatives, including the local Preble Trails cycling advocacy group, and city of Eaton officials created the draft School Travel Plan to ensure that walking and bicycling routes to school are provided for students in grades K-8. The planning team includes members of the consultant team that developed the draft plan.
Once the plan is approved, the community is eligible to apply for funds for items in it.
The Safe Routes to School Program is administered in Ohio by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Its goals are to:
•Improve the environment around the school to encourage walking and bicycling to and from school
•Expand the school’s curriculum and activities to include safety and education programs that will teach children pedestrian and bicycling safety
•Hold events to encourage walking and bicycling
Learn more at www.saferoutesinfo.org.