Spring Road Elementary and Hoover Elementary Schools in Neenah have been recognized for their efforts in helping students walk to school with awards by the East Central Safe Routes to School Program.
Spring Road received a Silver Award and Hoover was recognized with a Bronze Award. A total of 15 schools were honored out of 130 participating schools in a 10-county region.
The program recognizes schools that support and promote safe walking and biking through safety programs, activity tracking and community participation. Award winners were based on a three-year cycle from 2011-14.
Both Spring Road and Hoover hold a “Walk to School Wednesday” program where the teachers walk out and meet students and their families to walk back to school with them. They also host bike safety programs for students and Spring Road has promoted activity in the community through a “Fire Up Your Feet” tracking program.
The East Central Wisconsin Regional Safe Routes to School Program focuses on empowering local communities and school districts with the resources and knowledge needed to implement activities. By working to make it safer and more appealing for students to walk and bike to school, the regional program is continually making strides to improve childhood health, reduce traffic congestion and pollution and create more livable communities.
The program encompasses a 10-county region in northeast Wisconsin including Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Menominee, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Winnebago and Waushara counties.