The National Center started the new year with the honor of presenting the 2010 James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award to Alpine Elementary School in Alpine, Utah. If you read about the event on Secretary Lahood's blog or the Let's Move! blog, you may have gotten a sense of what an amazing group of students, parents and teachers are really making a different on the trip to school (Alpine increased the number of children who regularly walk and bicycle to school from 35 to 50 percent!) and for their sister school in Kenya.
We were also able to speak to Mr. Oberstar before he left office in the January for the Q&A article in this newsletter.
I'm reminded every day that Safe Routes to School is more than a federal program; it's a local effort in over 10,000+ schools and communities! Each and every one of those efforts is making a difference in encouraging and helping to establish safe, active options for children to get to school.
In March, the National Center will unveil an interactive map of all SRTS-funded projects. You'll be able to pinpoint projects at the school level — even on your mobile device — which will help illustrate the reach and breadth of the program in an engaging way. We'll also be unveiling a reorganized website. As the clearinghouse for SRTS information, it remains a priority for our website to be as user- and search-friendly as possible. Same address, www.saferoutesinfo.org, and information, just better service.
February marks the one-year anniversary of Let's Move!. Congratulations to everyone involved in the initiative on such progress in just 12 months. We look forward to Safe Routes to School and Let's Move! continuing to work together in the next year. We've included an article about physical activity from First Lady Michelle Obama in this newsletter and encourage you to spread the good news. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for information about the new PSAs and other materials developed as a part of the celebration.
It's been an exciting 2011 already and I cannot wait to see what else the coming months will bring to this wonderful movement we call Safe Routes to School.