Leaders to Learn From

Know an excellent school district leader? Is someone in your school district doing great things around health, student travel, or the like? Each year, Education Week shines a spotlight on some of the nation’s most outstanding school district leaders in its Leaders To Learn From special report.(Check out the Leaders for 2015.)

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Help shine a spotlight on some of the nation’s most outstanding school district leaders by nominating individuals who are leading the way on health and physical activity in our schools.

Education Week wants your input for a special report profiling school district leaders who have brought fresh, successful ideas to their school communities. Submit your school district leaders for 2016. Nominations due by August 1, 2015.

Public Hearing 3/18: Clackamas County Active Transportation Plan

Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 9:30am on Wednesday, March 18th at the County’s Development Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City, to consider the Clackamas County Active Transportation Plan (ATP).

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The purpose of the ATP project is to identify principal active transportation (PAT) routes that connect destinations and communities in Clackamas County.  In both the urban and rural areas of the county, 24 PAT routes have been identified through county and public input, to provide access to services such as transit, schools, shopping and employment centers, and to recreation and exercise.

Support for this important project for Clackamas County needs to be heard. Please write your County Commissioners about the ATP, and plan to attend the Public Hearing on 3/18 if you’re able.

Some important themes that emerged during the year-long project include:

  • The importance of providing access to schools and other significant destinations.  Several schools are located along these routes and facility improvements to and from these institutions will be beneficial to everyone.
  • Positive impact on health of providing infrastructure that allows people to safely walk or bicycle for utilitarian trips and commuting as well as for recreation. Many parts of the County lack safe infrastructure for people to walk and bike. Providing choices is an important aspect to a well-rounded and equitable transportation system.

Support the future of safe, healthy, and equitable choice in transportation for Clackamas County by letting County Commissioners hear why a plan for safe walking and bicycling routes — including access to schools, town centers, and transit for jobs — is important for residents of Clackamas County.

Speak up in support of Clackamas County’s ATP. Please attend the Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 18, at 9:30am.

For more information, the ATP Executive Summary can be found here (pdf).

Report: Healthy Students, Thriving Districts

When students participate in Safe Routes to School programs, they arrive at school safely, on time, and ready to learn. These programs help to develop healthy students with good attendance, and they support schools in achieving their mission of educating children
and youth.
SRTS + District Policies
Check out our new resource and learn about how School Districts, students, and the surrounding community all benefit from including Safe Routes to School in their district policies.

New Executive Director Sought for Safe Routes to School National Partnership

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New Executive Director Sought for Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is seeking a new Executive Director to provide leadership, strategic vision and direction to fulfill the National Partnership’s mission and vision and take the organization to the next level of growth, development and impact.

Join us on 11/8 For Every Kid!

Please Join Us As We Kick Off For Every Kid
A new effort for healthy and safe kids in the Metro region

On November 8th, Mayor Jeremy Ferguson of Milwaukie, public health leaders, community organizations, and parents will kick off a new effort, For Every Kid, on the front steps of Linwood Elementary School in Milwaukie. Advocates aim to improve the health of kids by calling for safe routes to schools in communities across the tri-county Metro region.

Metro-area kids who most need opportunities for physical activity don’t have the necessary safe infrastructure—sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes—in their communities and around their schools to support a healthy childhood.

Please join us to show your support for this exciting new effort.

For Every Kid Kick-Off Press Conference

When: Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Please arrive at 9:45 if you would like to make a sign of support!
Where: Linwood Elementary School – front steps
11909 SE Linwood Ave, Milwaukie

In the Metro region, 70% of 8th graders are not getting the exercise they need to be healthy. The kids who most need opportunities for physical activity are the least likely to be able to walk or bike to school safely.

For Every Kid is a growing coalition of the following organizations: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO); Safe Routes to School National Partnership; American Heart Association; Oregon Walks; OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon (OPAL); Coalition For A Livable Future; and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA).

Workshop for RTO grant applications

Metro regional government has released a call for proposals for the 2015-2017 Regional Travel Options (RTO) Grants, and $2.1 million is available to government agencies, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

“Travel Options” projects are those that help improve the transportation system through education and encouragement of travel choices to and from work or school, such as carpooling, riding transit, walking, and bicycling. These programs help the region in numerous ways by both improving mobility and reducing pollution from car trips.

Grant proposals due December 19, 2014

Safe Routes to School projects are a great fit for this grant opportunity. The National Partnership encourages partners who are interested in applying for RTO funds for a Safe Routes to School project, to attend a Safe Routes to School-focused workshop on 10/29. We are here to help support your efforts in the Metro region to create a balanced, comprehensive multimodal transportation system for students and school-based staff by providing feedback on your application, or through a formal partnership as a sub-applicant.

Please bring your ideas, questions, and thoughts about scope and target population; we will provide a robust workshop to help you fill in the blanks about the RTO grants and how a Safe Routes to School project will work in your School District or town.

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:30-3:30 in Portland.

RSVP to Kari Schlosshauer by Monday 10/27 for location details and information.

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Read more about how Safe Routes to School projects are a great fit for this grant opportunity. Visit Metro’s RTO grant page for more information and to download the application.

Fire Up Your Feet Month Starts Today! Have You Signed Up Yet?

Today marks the first day of the Oregon & SW Washington Fire Up Your Feet Fall Activity Challenge! Are you registered yet? Start by signing up here! We commend you for your dedication to helping support a healthier school environment.

If you’re excited about winning a Fire Up Your Feet Challenge award, then you might want to make use of our new School Standings report. To access the report, click “Activity Tracker” then “School Standings” (located on the left side of the menu bar). Use both the state and the date filter to drill down to activity during the month of October in your region. Once you’re aware of your school’s standing, you may be surprised by how easy it will be for your school to win one or more of our fabulous fall award offerings starting with this week’s Breakout Challenge award:

Breakout Challenge #1 (runs from October 1-7)
Any K-8 school with at least 20 participants that have tracked at least one activity using the coordinator or individual tracker between October 1-7 will be entered into a drawing for one $200 award. Winners will be announced next week. Here are a few helpful hints to increase your school’s chances of winning this and other awards.

  • Want to track an activity for many – even hundreds – of students with just a few clicks? Watch our how-to videos.
  • Want to be sure everyone that counts as a participant? Make sure participants track activity at least once during the Challenge period.
  • Finally, want to cinch the victory? Make sure your school has a minimum of 10 participants by encouraging five parents to register and track, sending flyers home with students, pinning a poster on your school’s bulletin board or inserting a blurb into your school newsletter.

Walk It Out with a Fire Up Your Walk to School Award!
Next Wednesday, October 8, millions of families around the world celebrate International Walk to School Day. Check out our Fire Up Your Walk to School Day tip sheet for ideas to build upon the momentum, and remember that any school with 25 or more walkers tracking their activity this month is eligible for a drawing for a $500 Fire Up Your Walk to School Day award. For inspiration, share this infographic about the benefits of walking and bicycling for kids, your community and the planet.