South Carolina Safe Routes to School Has Successful Fall 2015 Including Most Successful IWalk Ever!

December, 2015

Fall 2015 was a big success for the South Carolina Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program and its Resource Center! International Walk to School Day was a record-breaking event, the 2nd annual SC Crossing Guard Appreciation Week was promoted, and the Resource Center facilitated a webinar on developing SRTS Travel Plans!

Coordinated by the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program and its Resource Center, International Walk to School Day (IWalk) is a worldwide event that had more than 5,031 schools and partners registered nationwide at www.walkbiketoschool.org through October 2015.  International Walk to School Day broke records in South Carolina this year too.  Schools and community partners across the state registered 343 events at www.walkbiketoschool.org. Also, according to event registration information provided by schools, more than 131,000 students participated statewide. Spartanburg County lead the way once again with 62 events registered with International Walk to School Day – ranking them the county with the most events in the state!

November 16-20, 2015, was the second annual South Carolina Crossing Guard Appreciation Week sponsored by SCDOT and the Resource Center. As a part of the observance, the Resource Center accepted nominations for Outstanding Crossing Guards from across the state. SCDOT then reviewed the nominations and recognized five Outstanding Crossing Guards during SC Crossing Guard Appreciation Week:

  • Emma Taylor at Jesse Boyd Elementary, Spartanburg
  • Marcel McNeil at League Academy, Greenville
  • Shirley Nelson at South Kilbourne Elementary, Columbia
  • Laura Lewis at Red Cedar Elementary, Bluffton
  • Jeff Hainley at Mamie P. Whitesides Elementary, Mt. Pleasant

This fall, the Resource Center developed and introduced multiple new resources for schools and communities to strengthen their SRTS programs.

  • A 2015-2016 wall calendar was developed to conveniently list all of the 2015-2016 SRTS events. Contact your School Outreach Coordinator to request a copy of the calendar.
  • Updated certificates and letters of appreciation were created for schools to use to recognize their Crossing Guards during SC Crossing Guard Appreciation Week.
  • SCDOT’s SRTS Program and its Resource Center developed a series of eight Planning Tip Sheets that schools and communities may use to develop a Safe Routes to School plan for their own community. These Planning Tip Sheets were discussed during a webinar on October 29th. A recording of the webinar can be viewed here.

The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of SCDOT that provides education, encouragement, and planning support to schools throughout South Carolina that partner with the Resource Center. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8 schools and their communities. The program is looking forward to an exciting spring highlighted by the 5th annual South Carolina Walk and Roll to School Day on March 9, 2016, and National Bike to School Day on May 4, 2016.

Contact the Resource Center’s School Outreach Coordinators and go to SCSafeRoutes.org for more information about events, materials, and opportunities to participate. 

For more information about International Walk to School Day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Information about SC Walk to School Day is available at www.scsaferoutes.org.