Story last updated at 12/10/2008 - 11:29 am
SITKA - Steve Soenksen, the Alaska Safe Routes To School Coordinator, will be in Sitka for two informational meetings on Thursday, Dec. 11, and a day-long training session on Friday, Dec. 12. These events are free and open to all members of the public.
The hour-long informational meetings take place at noon and again at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. The full-day training session is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sitka School District offices (at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School). The informational meetings and training will provide information about Safe Routes To School planning and funding, as well as ways to improve safety and encourage more walking and biking among local Sitka students.
"Walking and biking to school promotes healthy kids and offers solutions to issues such as traffic congestion and pollution," said Chris Bryner, who was hired as Sitka's local Safe Routes To School project coordinator after the Sitka Health Summit. "An effort to improve walking and biking routes to and from school currently is underway in Sitka, and the community is invited to participate."
Safe Routes To School is an international movement designed to reach into all communities. The goal, simply stated, is to increase the number of children safely walking and biking to school. At its heart, the Safe Routes To School program empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity once again. The program makes funding available for a wide variety of programs and projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.
For more information on the training, Vivian Mork at 966-8804 or Chris Bryner at 747-5055.