Press releases

Safe Routes to School Resource Center Held Statewide Kick-Off Meetings

May, 2011

South Carolina's Safe Routes to School program announced the opening of its new Resource Center -- a program of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) at kick off meetings held across the state on May 16 and 17. The meetings provided information about the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program to community stakeholders, schools, school districts, and advocacy groups. Twenty-five schools in SC were also recognized at the meetings for having been awarded grants for SRTS projects. 

SCDOT has adopted the Resource Center model for the program to reach K-8 Schools throughout the state. The greatest benefit of the Resource Center is the staff. Local School Outreach Coordinators have been hired for the Lowcountry, Midlands, and the Upstate of SC. These individuals will work directly with schools to build unique SRTS programs and provide additional support to existing efforts. The Resource Center will equip schools wishing to participate with SRTS with free educational and training resources, evaluation tools, and promotional materials and incentives. 

For non-school community organizations, the Resource Center has opportunities for them to work with the School Outreach Coordinators to help with school events, develop programs, and teach health and safety fundamentals. The bottom line of the SC SRTS Resource Center is to offer free resources, provide individualized assistance, foster community-wide support, and to create sustainable SRTS programs.

International Walk to School Day 2010

October, 2010

More than 125 South Carolina Schools registered and held Walk to School Day events.

More than 52,000 students, parents, educators, and neighbors in SC participated in International Walk to School Day events on October 6, 2010. 

South Carolina ranked 6th in the US in participation in International Walk to School Day (#2 in the Southeast region behind Florida).

The Mayor of North Charleston issued a proclamation for Walk to School Day.

The Mayor of Fountain Inn actively participated in Walk to School Day at Fountain Inn Elementary School.

Rodney Oldham, SC Safe Routes to School Coordinator, was interviewed by Andrew Harmon, Host of CSRA Today of Clear Channel Communications (a Public Affairs Show) to promote and celebrate International Walk to School Day.