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Aug 28, 2012 8:56 PM by Shannon Davis

Safe routes planned for six Butte schools

Safe Routes to Schools, a program designed for creating safe walking and biking routes, received $73,000 for Butte from the Montana Department of Transportation.

Gina Evans, coordinator for Safe Routes to Schools in Butte, said the department of transportation saw the huge amount of effort the Butte community was making to create a safe environment, and to make sure that was possible they issued the program a grant.

This year the money will go towards creating safe routes to six schools, according to Evans. These include Kennedy, West, Margaret Leary, Whittier, Emerson and Hillcrest Elementary Schools. This year Evans plans to install signage along each path to each school.

"The safe route signage would say this is a safe route and have little marks to show this," Evans said.

The program coordinators had a meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the upcoming year and plan for National Walk to School Day on Oct. 3. On this day volunteers from the community will serve as "walking school buses" and walk the safe routes with the kids to their schools.

Evans said in a perfect world all the kids would come out of their homes and walk safely to school in a progression.

The program provides a way for children to expend energy and stay safe when they are traveling to and from school.

If you are interested in volunteering on National Walk to School Day you can contact Gina Evans at 498-9653.

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