On November 21, 2011, the National Center for Safe Routes to School announced the award recipients for the Spring 2012 Safe Routes to School mini-grants program. There were 26 mini-grants available and over 200 applications were received and reviewed. Cross County Connection, TMA would like to congratulate Tatem Elementary of Haddonfield, New Jersey for being 1 of the 26 chosen.

Safe Routes to School has 2 goals: where it is safe, get children biking and walking, and where it is not, make it safe. Led by SRTS Team Leader, Heather Vaughn, Tatem Elementary has taken strides to do just that. From establishing successful walking programs to coordinating student safety patrol and parent volunteer activities, Tatem Elementary’ s Safe Routes to School program involves everyone in the community.

To further establish a sustainable Safe Routes to School program, Tatem Elementary plans on using the mini-grant in various ways to promote their walking program, increase walker safety, and reduce traffic congestion. Rain ponchos and reflective vests will be purchased, while computer generated maps will be created and disseminated amongst parents so students who live farther away can be driven to satellite locations and walk a safe route the rest of the way to school.  Students can also look forward to having sidewalks along designated walking school bus routes stamped with their school mascot’s tiger prints to help lead the way to school. Congrats Tatem!

For more information on Safe Routes to School programs in South Jersey, contact David Calderetti of Cross County Connection, at Calderetti@driveless.com.

To locate the Safe Routes to School Regional Coordinator in your area, see: http://policy.rutgers.edu/vtc/srts/ and click on the “Regional Coordinator” tab on the left.

This article was prepared by David Calderetti of Cross County Connection TMA www.driveless.com