Two Columbia schools receive grants to create safe walking routes

Thursday, January 21, 2010 | 8:12 a.m. CST; updated 9:31 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 21, 2010

COLUMBIA — Two Columbia schools have each been awarded $1,000 to create safe routes for walking or biking to school.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School recently awarded the grants to Fairview Elementary School and Smithton Middle School.

The Columbia Tribune reports that Fairview plans to use the money to provide mini-courses. The subjects will include how to plan a route and handle tricky intersections and animals.

At Smithton, plans for the money include promoting the benefits of using nonmotorized transportation.

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