Through our national Consulting Services we have three Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects happening across Kansas.
First, we have a contract with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to create 15 Walking School Bus (WSB) programs across the state. According to our Director of Consulting, Robert Johnson, it has been a smashing success with 13 schools, 533 kids, 37 routes, and 206 volunteers in the first semester. In the second semester, set to begin April 1st, four additional schools will be added, bringing the total to 17 schools. Two of those additional school are being paid for by the Golden Belt Community Foundation in Great Bend. In total, we are expecting around 800 kids walking every day in Kansas because of this project.
Additionally, we are working with Kansas State on physical fitness evaluations for WSB participants. To further show the impact the WSB program can have for schools and children, we’re collecting data on tardy, absentee, money saved, and a few other criteria. According to one school in Great Bend, the number of tardy students at their school dropped from 950 to 450 due entirely to the WSB.
Finally, we have a contract with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to assist seven schools across the state develop and pass SRTS policies.
For more information, contact our Director of Consulting, Robert Johnson.