(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Dennis Powers (R–Jacksboro) and State Senator Randy McNally (R–Oak Ridge) announced today that the state is awarding $242,256 in ‘Safe Routes to School’ grant funding to Andersonville Elementary School in Anderson County. The Safe Routes to School grant program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing, and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Andersonville Elementary will utilize the Safe Routes to Schools funding for new sidewalks, crosswalks, signage, and pavement markings for the school zone area. The grant will also fund educational programs and promotional activities to encourage walking and biking as a practical and healthy initiative to include over 300 students.
“I am pleased to see these funds dedicated to improving safety and access for children in Anderson County who walk and bike to school,” said Representative Dennis Powers. “Programs such as these are very important for our community—they teach our children about the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle while also helping ensure they are safe on a daily basis.”
The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
“Parents send their children off to school with the expectation they will be safe,” stated Senator Randy McNally. “This grant will allow Andersonville Elementary to expand on that, making the commute to school safe along with emphasizing the importance of living a healthy life.”
To learn more about the Safe Routes to School Program at the Tennessee Department of Transportation, please visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/bikeped/saferoutes.htm.
Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. Randy McNally serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee. Both legislators represent Anderson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.
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