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Community Efforts Result in Quick Wins at Woodward Elementary School

News Date: 
Thu, 2011-12-15
Event Date: 
Mon, 2012-01-23

A recent SRTS planning meeting at Woodward Elementary School in Atlanta demonstrates what can be accomplished when the right people are at the table. The meeting was held on February 13 to discuss preliminary recommendations for a comprehensive SRTS travel plan that includes infrastructure changes, as well as program addressing education, encouragement and enforcement needs.

In addition to teachers and staff from Woodward Elementary School, community members participating included Denika Lomax and Chanelle Jefferson of the Dekalb County Board of Health. After the draft recommendations were presented, Ms. Jefferson said she felt some of the recommendations such as an in-street pedestrian crossing signs at two key student crossings, could be funded through a $3,000 mini-grant from the Board’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work program.  The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the aim of creating policies, systems, and environments that improve physical activity and nutrition, and reduce the risk factors that contribute to childhood and adult obesity.

Many organizations within a community have an important role to play in SRTS.  The Georgia SRTS Resource Center offers a Friend partnership designation to these organizations as a way of saying Thank you! Let us know if your organization would like to be involved in SRTS in your community.  Contact either the School Outreach Coordinator that works with schools in your community, or send us a general note.