NEW PATH CONNECTS TO NEIGHBORHOOD
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF LIONS CLUB, FENNER GLEN and R-P YOUTH SOCCER CLUB
Two years ago a new path was installed behind the school. Everyone south and southeast of the school can now walk or bike on a paved path or sidewalk all the way to the school. Fenner Glen Homeowners Association donated money, the R-P Youth Soccer Club contributed labor and materials, and the Muskegon Northside Lions Club did the "Lions" share of the work.
Lions Club members donated their time and talents to the project.
We would like to thank all those who made this project a success!
The Michigan Department of Transportation awarded a grant for $265,664 to Central Elementary School and Laketon Township.
$7,200 was earmarked for pedestrian safety education and encouragement. The balance funded the installation of sidewalks on Giles and Horton Roads.
This brought our children an incredible opportunity for improved safety, health and fitness, the impact has reached our community at large.
An application for a Safe Routes to School federal grant was submitted on behalf of Laketon Township and Reeths-Puffer Schools. This grant was used to install paved pathways along main roads approaching the school and to install some traffic controls. In addition, the school enhanced walking club activities and pedestrian education.
Walk to School Day Brings Together Students, Faculty, and Community!
Central Elementary is just one of more than 3200 schools across America to participate in this international event in October. Students, parents and staff gathered before school for a brisk walk on a cool, sunny October morning.
Walking School Bus groups met in four neighborhoods and walked to school together, accompanied by parents, teachers, and even siblings in strollers. An estimated 60 students walked alongside Giles, Horton, and Dykstra Roads and through Fenner Glen subdivision. 400 bus riders also joined in the walk. Buses dropped kids off-site and all the riders walked the final distance to school.
Due to high traffic volume on Giles Road, extra safety measures were taken. Thank you to the volunteers who helped keep our kids safe, including:
Laketon Township Hall staff and Supervisor Kim Arter
Sheriff Dean Roesler and Deputy Kendell Jeppesen
Muskegon Northside Lions Club Members
Reeths-Puffer Transportation Department
And many others!!
Walk to School Day was celebrated on Wednesday, October 6. Wow! What a success!
Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is an international movement—and now a Federal program—to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students’ readiness to learn in school.
New to Safe Routes to School?
Learn more about the purpose of SR2S (Safe Routes to School) and the how the program has had a positive impact in many communities across the state of Michigan.