District awarded 1 of 25 national “Safe Routes” grants

The National Center for Safe Routes to School has announced that the Fargo Public Schools is one of 25 nationwide recipients of $1,000 mini-grants for projects designed to encourage safe walking and bicycling to school.

The District will use the grant to begin the “Bruin Bike Buddies” program, a high school-middle school bicycle safety mentoring program between the South High School Bicycle Club and Carl Ben Eielsen Middle School students.  High school club members will “adopt” their middle school counterparts, and will participate in weekly meetings together.  Activities will include bicycle safety training based on the League of American Bicyclists “Smart Cyclist” curriculum, equipping middle school students with bicycle safety gear, distributing safe cycling materials from the League of American Bicyclists, and group bicycle rides.

Joint activities for the two groups will begin in September.

For more information on the program, contact South High School Resource Officer Chris Potter, 446-2025.

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