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  SAFE & ACTIVE ROUTES TO SCHOOL  
 
 

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 (2013-2014) and the previous one, our focus thanks to a Community Transformation Grant has been on making improvements to the Tanglewilde-Thompson Place neighborhood and supporting walking to school at Lydia Hawk Elementary School and Nisqually Middle School. We held Walk to School Day on October 9th, 2013 at both schools, with over 300 children and family members participating, plus many school staff.   A task force led by Safe Kids Thurston County has made environmental improvements to the local neighborhood, including clearing and resurfacing walking paths, installing lighting, and adding safety and wayfinding signage.  We aim to build on these successes in partnership with North Thurston Public Schools.

The health department began work on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project to bring Safe Routes to School to two North Thurston Public School elementaries in 2010.  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 that first 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 together with Thurston Regional Planning Council, Intercity Transit, Safe Kids Thurston County 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, Click Here...

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE and active ROUTES TO SCHOOL:

For more national information about Walk to School Day, Click Here...

To find out more from the National Center for Safe Routes to School information, go to http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/

 
 
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  • Chris Hawkins
    Chronic Disease Program Manager
  • (360) 867-2513
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This page last updated: 01/30/14