Safe Routes to School Grant

Children in the Russellville Independent School District may walk to school in the 2007-2008 year.

The district recently received a $135,000 Safe Routes to School grant to encourage student to get more physical activity.

Roger Cook, the superintendent, says: "Being an individual, intercity district, we have a lot of students that live within a mile of our schools."

With many children in the Russellville Independent School District living so close to their classrooms, Cook wants to encourage the kids to walk to school.

Cook says: "We, along with everybody else, need to promote a healthy lifestyle for our students."

Cook wants the students to be safe while getting their exercise, so the district applied for a grant to construct walking trails from two nearby neighborhoods to Stevenson Elementary.

He's also working on adding bike racks and improving the crosswalks near Russellville Middle.

The city of Russellville is partnering with the school district in this effort. The city has provided a few right-of-ways for this effort and the district is planning to build a half-mile walking track near Stevenson Elementary for the community to use.

Cook says: "We're going to improve sidewalks and we're going to improve crosswalks, which is going to help beautify the city some."

Cook hopes the project will be complete by the middle of the 2006-2007 school year or the beginning of the 2007-2008 year.

Bowling Green City Schools have also received a grant to begin a similar project.

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