Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School is a national program that links parents, schools, community leaders and government agencies to enable and encourage children to walk and bike to school. Menlo School competes in the Earth Day Challenge. Photo by Pete Zivkov.Menlo School competes in the Earth Day Challenge. Photo by Pete Zivkov.

Recently, Menlo School and Sacred Heart Schools (SHS) partnered with the Town of Atherton in submitting a federal Safe Routes to School grant application. The Safe Routes to School program is designed to fund infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects that potentially give students a safer route to walk or bike to school. The proposed scope of this application includes improvements on Park Lane between Elena Avenue and Emilie Avenue near the SHS campus.

The Town’s grant application was endorsed by the leadership and parent board presidents of both schools as well as the president of Menlo College, Atherton’s Police Department, the City of Menlo Park, Silicon Valley Bike Coalition, San Mateo County Public Health Department and a significant number of community members.

The final application has been submitted and a decision will be announced on October 31, 2011, at which date the Town will notify Menlo School and SHS. This is a highly competitive grant program with many quality projects considered. For more information, please contact either Sarah Lucas (Menlo School parent) or Maureen Hogan (SHS parent), who are partnering to lead the initiative.