Thurston County Public Health & Social Services works
together with local partners to bring Safe Routes to School
and related projects to schools throughout the county.
The goal of the project is to increase the physical activity
among school-age children by encouraging, and educating
about, walking and bicycling to school as well as traffic
safety. This school year (2012-2013), thanks to a
Community Transformation Grant, Lydia Hawk Elementary School
will be holding Walk
to School Day on October 3rd, 2012. A partnership
task force with Safe Kids Thurston County will focus on
making environmental improvements over the next year that
boost safety and encourage more kids and families to walk to
school in that same Tanglewilde-Thompson Place neighborhood.
In 2010, the health department began to work on a Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention project to bring Safe
Routes to School to two North Thurston Public School
elementaries. The project identified environmental and
policy changes needed to support the increase of these
active ways of getting to and from school. Lacey
Elementary School began its project in the fall of 2010 year
and held assemblies and kick-off walk and bicycle to school
days in spring and fall of 2011.
Mountain View Elementary also participated during the
2011-2012 school year.
TCPHSS works in partnership with Thurston Regional Planning
Council, Intercity Transit and local school districts to
implement the Healthy Kids / Safe Streets Action Plan.
For more information about that effort,
please contact TRPC at (360) 956-7575, or to visit their webpage for the project,
For more national information about Walk to School Day,
To find out more from the National Center for Safe Routes
to School information, go to