Wednesday, December 5, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John the Baptist Parish recently completed the educational component of the Safe Routes to School Program with students at LaPlace Elementary School. The program is funded by a Department of Transportation and Development grant in the amount of $283,790.00. Improvements to the existing pedestrian sidewalks and crosswalks in the vicinity of LaPlace Elementary School are intended to improve pedestrian access along this route to school, as well as allow for bicycle traffic.
The project also includes installation of ADA compliant handicapped ramps, crosswalk markings, striping, and speed limit signs along Greenwood Dr., Evergreen Dr., Ridgefield Dr., and Carrollwood Dr. In addition to construction improvements, the program includes an educational component to teach students safety tips and simple training for walking and biking to school. A representative from the Parish Grants Department conducted educational presentations to LaPlace Elementary Students in third through eighth grades during the week of November 12.
St. John Parish will host its First Annual Walk/Bike to School Day at Laplace Elementary on Friday, December 14. Helmets, bike chains and locks, snacks and other related items will be given to students to guarantee a successful and memorable Walk/Bike to School Day. Thousands of students and schools across the country have participated in a Walk/Bike to School Day, and now St. John the Baptist Parish and LaPlace Elementary School will join their efforts.
St. John the Baptist Parish successfully applied for and received a similar grant for East St. John Elementary and will continue to apply for the Safe Routes to Schools Grant for other schools who meet program criteria.