Lincoln Charter School has received two mini-grants totaling $8,000* to focus on bicycle safety, according to a news release.
The school partnered with the Eat Play Breathe Transportation Task Force to apply for the grants, awarded by Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the release says.
For a Safe Routes to School mini-grant, the school and Eat Play Breathe have partnered on bike-friendly activities in the past and surveyed students and parents in April and May to gather data on their most frequent mode of transportation. They will continue a focus on bike safety with students over the summer, the release says.
Safe Routes to School grants go toward efforts to encourage students to walk or bike to school.
For a Capacity Building mini-grant, the school and task force partnered with Hope Street Garden and Learning Lab to create safe walking routes for schools participating in that project. The groups are working with a transportation engineer to enhance crosswalks used to get to and from the garden, and temporary way-finding signs will be installed along the route, the release says.
The Capacity Building grants are aimed at encouraging healthy behaviors related to nutrition and physical activity, the release says.
Lincoln Charter School also completed the CDC’s School Health Index, a tool schools can use to help improve their health and safety policies and programs.
*This post was updated to reflect the correct amount of the grants.