A message from our SRTS State Coordinator...
Fall 2010 was an exciting and busy time for SRTS programs in Georgia.
- The school year began with International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 with over 125 Georgia schools and students participating.
- GDOT issued a call for infrastructure grant applications last fall, too, and received over 58 applications. We expect to announce winners by the end of April.
- The Georgia SRTS Resource Center worked with ten schools to prepare SRTS Travel Plans. These plans can be used to develop stronger SRTS programs that include education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation programs. These schools can also use travel Plan recommendations for new sidewalks, improved conditions for student pedestrians to cross at intersections, and other infrastructure projects to support funding requests from GDOT and their local governments.
January 2011 brought new energy to our SRTS program with more resources on the Resource Center website. Many of these resources were in anticipation of our second annual Georgia Walk to School Day.
Speaking of Georgia Walk to School Day, over 85 schools participated in this year's event - more than last year. Learn about events across the state on the Walk to School Day page of the Resource Center website.
In celebration of Georgia Walk to School Day, the Resource Center is holding a poster contest aimed at creating a SRTS calendar for the 2011-2012 school year.
With spring on its way, I encourage more students and their families to walk and bike to school. It's the Way to Go in so many ways!
More information on all this great new is right here in the newsletter, so read on!
Georgia SRTS State Coordinator
April 1 Poster Contest Submissions Deadline
The Resource Center is holding a poster contest in conjunction with Georgia Walk to School Day. The top 13 posters will be used in a 2011-2012 school year calendar. Submissions must be postmarked by April 1. Time is running out, so get the contest going at your school! Posters should reflect one of the following "Way to Go" themes:
- Way to Be Safe!
- Way to Get Fit!
- Way to Be Green!
- Way to Walk and Roll!
While only one poster per school can be included in judging for next year's school calendar, your school can use all its posters to promote SRTS in your community.
Click here for a flyer with more information about the contest.
Georgia Walk to School Day is WAY successful!
Thank you! to all schools that participated in the second annual Georgia Walk to School Day! Click here to see a list of schools that participate and to learn more about their events.
Memorable Quote from the day: There is no such thing as bad weather -- just bad clothing!
And, a big "Thank you!" to the parents at Clairemont Elementary School for their video celebrating walking and biking to school: Tom Dempsey (video editor) and Greg Coleson, Nicole Coleson, Lydia Coleson, Neil Norton, Peter Wakefield, and Tiffany Brott (took video).
Remember: It's not too early to start planning for International Walk to School Day
It's not too early to start planning for International Walk to School Day. While the big media event day is Wednesday, October 5, schools may plan an event anytime during October, which is Walk to School month. Click here to register and to get more information.
Nominate Outstanding School Partners
by April 15
The Georgia SRTS Resource Center is pleased to announce a new annual awards program that recognizes six Partner schools that have achieved great success in promoting walking and biking to school in their community during the 2010-2011 school year. One school in each of the state's six Outreach Territories will be selected to receive the award, which will be presented before the end of the school year.
Schools may be nominated by anyone who is familiar with SRTS in general and the SRTS program at their nominated school. Schools will be selected based on their success in establishing a SRTS program, including the following:
- The school has fulfilled the commitments of its partnership level.
- The school has increased the number of SRTS activities, walking and biking events, or the students walking and biking to school.
- The school has increased the awareness of SRTS within its community.
- The school serves as a resource for other schools.
Nominations are being accepted now through Friday, April 15, so nominate the school you feel is most deserving of this award! Click here to get started.
Resource Center April 27 Webinar
Join us for the first Resource Center webinar on April 27 at 1 p.m. We'll help you learn more about how your partnership with the Resource Center can energize your school's SRTS program and keep it going. Several SRTS school champions from around the state will share their experiences on topics such as:
- How your SOC can help your school program
- How to use incentive items for walking and biking to school events
- Why it is important to complete student tallies
- What a walk audit is and how to conduct one
- How the Resource Center website can be your virtual School Outreach Coordinator
to register for the Webinar. We'll send you logon information about a week before the Webinar.
Resource Center Partners Nearing 600
Nearly 600 schools and other organizations are Resource Center Partners. Two hundred (200) schools became Partners between September 2010 and February 2011. The number of organizations that became Friends of the Resource Center increased significantly, too. The number of Partner Schools by level, and the number of Friends Partners are:
- Bronze: 262 Partners
- Silver: 38 Partners
- Gold: 59 Partners
- Friends: 157Partners
A complete list of partners is available on our website at: www.saferoutesga.org/Partner/Partners
Website Offerings Grow to Serve
We've been hard at work putting more information and tools on the website to support your school SRTS program. Check out the new items on the following landing pages:
What's Happening now includes a page devoted to walking and biking events, such as Georgia Walk to School Day.
Program Toolkit. Take a look at the Tips & Tools page for our new one-page Way to tips sheets. When complete, the Way to series will include information on five general topics:
Education / Events / Ongoing Programs
Enforcement / Community Involvement
The Events series is complete. Click on your topic of interest below to view, or download and print the Way to tip sheets.
Planning Assistance Results in 10 SRTS Travel Plans
Ten Resource Center Partner schools created SRTS Travel Plans last fall with assistance from the Resource Center. The Travel Plans include a 12-month activity calendar for Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation activities, as well as recommendations for physical changes to sidewalks, roadway crossings and trails leading to their campus.
The Resource Center will work with additional schools to prepare SRTS Travel Plans. Stay tuned for information on how your school can apply for travel plan assistance.
The 10 completed travel plans will be posted on the Resource Center website the week of April 4. Look for the Complete Travel Plans page under Program Toolkit.
|ON THE CALENDAR|
Deadline for Poster Contest submissions (must be postmarked by April 1)
Nominations due for Outstanding School Partner Awards
Resource Center Webinar on the Benefits of Being a Resource Center Partner
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