Outstanding Community Friends

Below is a list of community partners who have gone the extra mile to help promote the Safe Routes to School Resource Center and have had positive effects on our School Partners and on the SRTS program as a whole.

If your organization, or an organization that you work with, has a success story regarding Safe Routes to School, please complete the “Outstanding Friend Nomination”.

Territory 1: Midlands Friends

Safe Kids Sumter County hosts various events to provide safety education on an array of topics to families of Sumter County. Kids Fest is an annual event hosted by Safe Kids Sumter County which brings in over 1,500 students. All public and private elementary schools in the county are invited to participate in this free event. Students walk though fifteen interactive safety stations including “Safety Town,” helmet safety, stranger danger, and fire safety. The Resource Center has led the “Safety Town” portion which explains the importance of pedestrian safety. Students leave the event with educational handouts from each of the stations to share with their families. Safe Kids Sumter County also conducts bicycle rodeos throughout the county to teach bicycle and safety skills to young riders.  During helmet-safety lessons, rodeo volunteers drop eggs onto the ground, to demonstrate how fragile children's heads are, and to stress the importance of wearing a helmet.

Palmetto Health – Office of Community Health works with schools, churches, work sites, and various community members to promote healthy lifestyles. Health Educators provide nutrition and physical activity lectures to all groups in the community upon request. “Healthy Palmetto” encourages individuals to increase their physical activity by providing free walking clubs and programs to the community. Visit their website to see where the nearest walking club is located. Palmetto Health recently launched their new “Health Pals” program which provides peer support and assistance to individuals making lifestyle changes. Palmetto Health also recently partnered with Lewis Greenview Elementary, a Travel Plan recipient, to pilot their Triple Aim Initiative. In addition, Palmetto Health has partnered with our schools to provide services at Walking Events and Health Fairs.

South Carolina Office of Healthy Schools – SC Healthy Schools works to improve the academic achievement and health of school-aged children, school faculty and staff, and communities. The SC Healthy Schools effort supports and promotes schools and communities working together to improve:

  • health, physical education and physical activity;
  • social, emotional and psychological health;
  • knowledge of nutritional choices and health services;
  • staff wellness and health promotion; and
  • access to a healthy and safe environment for students and staff.

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Territory 2: Upstate Friends

Chartwells K12 School Dining Services provides school breakfast, lunch, and snacks in Spartanburg School Districts 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7. They partner with schools to serve healthy breakfasts and snacks on International Walk to School Day. Additionally, they send mascots to participate in the school walks and provide lessons on nutrition education to compliment the physical activity messages often emphasized by the Walk to School Day events.

Chartwells is also the largest sponsor of the Golden Shoe Awards in Spartanburg County. These awards include a first, second, and third place, and a "Breakthrough Award" to recognize a new school or district that participated in International Walk to School Day for the first time. Competition is tough for the Golden Shoe Awards. The process recognizes Spartanburg County districts or schools and their coordinators, as well as encourages Spartanburg County's high participation rate for events.

GET FIT is a program sponsored by Emerald City Bikes in Greenwood, SC. GET FIT has helped enroll schools in the SRTS program, planned Walk to School Day events and Bike Rodeos, and sponsored an essay contest at elementary schools about the benefits of bike riding and donated a bicycle to the winner! Mr. Eubanks regularly donates bicycles to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to own a bicycle. He also, makes a point to spend time with the students when he visits each school. As a Friend of the Resource Center, GET FIT has also assisted with SRTS Safety Assessments and grants.

Safe Kids York County has partnered with the Resource Center on many initiatives. Most recently, efforts have focused on training Safety Patrols in York County about pedestrian, bicycle, and car rider safety. To date, Safe Kids York County has trained six Safety Patrol groups. Additionally, Safe Kids York County assists with other safety education initiatives such as assemblies and bike rodeos!

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Territory 3: Lowcountry Friends

Trek Bicycle Store of Mount Pleasant has supported SRTS, and Safe Kids Trident Area, at the Moultrie Middle School and Jennie Moore Elementary bike rodeos. Trek employee Chris Clark educated students about bicycle maintenance and preparedness for safe riding. The demonstration was an incredibly valuable part of the bike rodeo, and the students not only enjoyed, but learned a lot, from the presentation.

The North Charleston Police Bike Team is a key partner in the Lowcountry. Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) SafeKids, Safe Routes to School, and the North Charleston Police Bike Team have all partnered to conduct Bike Rodeos, Safety Events, and Health and Wellness days throughout North Charleston and the greater Lowcountry region. When the Police Bike Team comes out to a Bike Rodeo, they work with the children on helmet fittings, bicycle preparation, and biking skills. Each officer is instrumental in instructing Bike Rodeo participants in how to be as safe as possible. Often, the officers field questions from students about “catching bad guys” on their bikes. They are an invaluable organization serving and protecting the community and providing important bicycle safety education to thousands of students.

Eat Smart, Move More Charleston Tri-County (ESMM CTC) has incorporated Safe Routes to School (SRTS) into their Physical Activity and Active Community Environment initiatives. Through the Healthy SC Initiative (HSCI), a local trail received funding for signage to increase usage and visibility of the trail. The Resource Center assisted with a Travel Plan at one of the schools along the trail and recommendations identified within the Travel Plan were included in the ESMM CTC HSCI grant. For SC Walk to School Day the trail was also utilized by schools as a safe walking route! ESMM CTC also supports Walk to School events by recruiting volunteers and assisting with promoting school events in the area. The Coalition has a radio talk show called Total Wellness Tuesday. The Resource Center has been invited as a guest speaker and Walk/Bike to School Day events have been featured as show topics! 

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