Local ‘Safe Routes to School’ Efforts Advanced with MnDOT Mini-Grant

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This spring will bring more than warmer temperatures and greenery; it will also bring a stronger Safe Routes to School program in Grand Marais. Sawtooth Elementary School and Great Expectations School received good news this past week: both schools would receive a mini-grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The schools have been working collaboratively on Safe Routes to School since 2009 and this year will be kicking off in-school bike education for 3rd grade students.

“We’ve already seen benefits from previous SRTS efforts,” says GES Director Peter James. “This award creates an exciting opportunity to expand cooperation between the schools and our community through the development of an on-going program that will provide bicycle safety instruction to all third grade students.”

The mini-grant will provide support for implementation of the bike education in both schools, two bike racks, and supplies for the monthly Walking School Buses.

Sawtooth Mountain Elementary Principal Gwen Carman expressed her support for the program. “It is wonderful to continue to be able to work with other community programs to support the education of our students. We know that being healthy and active promotes students’ success at school!”

Grand Marais Safe Routes to School (SRTS) strives to improve the health of students and the community by making walking and bicycling to school safer, easier, and more enjoyable. In addition to coordinating Walking School Bus days in the fall and spring, SRTS offers the annual bike rodeo each May, new in-school bike education, and works to create safer routes with improved pedestrian and bicyclist infrastructure, crossing guard equipment, and community signage (such as the “Slow Down & Smile! Kids on the Move!” signs). In 2015, the Safe Routes to School group is also updating its SRTS Plan to better meet the goals of the program and the needs of the community.

For more information about Cook County Safe Routes to School, contact SRTS Coordinator, Maren Webb, at maren@sawtoothmountainclinic.org or 218-387-2330.

Published in the Cook County News-Herald, 2/14/15 edition.

Come Hear about Great Places and How to Apply for 2015 Mini-Grants on Feb. 19th


The 2015 Great Place Project will be launched at the February Networking Luncheon (Feb. 19th) hosted by the Cook County Chamber of Commerce and Cook County Higher Education. The Great Place team will be presenting about the 2014 round of mini-grants and offering the opportunity to learn more about the 2015 project.

We encourage interested businesses, organizations, and individuals (such as artists, craftspeople, etc.) to join us to learn more about the project and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions and connect with others to explore possible collaborations (such as a business location with a local artist).

February Networking Luncheon, featuring the Great Place Project
Thursday, February 19th at 11:30-1pm
Location: Cook County Higher Education 300 West 3rd Street Grand Marais, MN
Cost (Includes Lunch Catered by Crooked Spoon): $10

To register or for more information about the luncheon, contact 218-387-3411, highered@northshorecampus.org, or www.northshorecampus.org.

For more information about the Great Place Project, please visit www.becausemovingmatters.org/greatplaceproject or contact Maren at movingmatters@boreal.org or 218-387-2330 x110. Applications will be available starting on Thurs., Feb. 19th. Attendance at this event is NOT required to apply for the 2015 Great Place Project.