The South Carolina Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center is acknowledging three new Outstanding Community Friends this summer.
Safe Kids Sumter County hosts events to provide safety education on injury prevention to families of Sumter County. Kids Fest is one such event and brings in over 1,500 students from both public and private elementary schools. Students walk though fifteen interactive safety stations. In the past, the Resource Center facilitated the "Safety Town" station, which demonstrated the importance of pedestrian safety skills. Students are provided with educational handouts on each of the stations to share with their families.
The Children's Museum (TCM) of the Upstate has an onsite Trike Track and uses the tricycles to promote bicycle safety. TCM also works with nearby schools to plan walking field trips to visit the museum. Recently, TCM partnered with the Resource Center to host a "Walk Shop" for its YES! program, a leadership and learning program for middle school students. Students received training on common pedestrian engineering treatments and then conducted a mock Walkability Assessment around the museum grounds.
The North Charleston Police Bike Team is a key partner in the Lowcountry and has partnered to facilitate Bike Rodeos, safety events, and health and wellness days throughout the area. When the team comes out to a Bike Rodeo, they work with the children on fitting helmets, bicycle preparation, biking skills and the overall importance of safety. They are an invaluable organization serving and protecting the community and providing important bicycle safety education to thousands of students.
The support and dedication from Safe Kids Sumter County, The Children's Museum of the Upstate and the North Charleston Police Bike Team has had a positive effect on SRTS Partner Schools and the SRTS program as a whole. To date, the Resource Center has 328 School Partners enrolled in the SRTS program across the state, and 119 Community Friends who've formally endorsed the program.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation's (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resource Center provides education, encouragement and planning support to schools throughout SC that partner with the Resource Center. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8 schools and their communities. For additional information, please visit these web sites:
SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center www.scsaferoutes.org
SC Department of Transportation www.scdot.ord/getting/saferoutes.aspx