The Michigan Fitness Foundation is seeking a new, dynamic Operations Coordinator for the Lansing-based Safe Routes to School (SRTS) office. The Operations Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the operational aspects of SRTS by managing the funding application development and award processes, including development and implementation of surveys and database management tools to identify and meet information needs. This position also supports regional SRTS action planning teams in application development, technical assistance, and community outreach to increase walking/bicycling to school for communities interested in developing a SRTS program. Additionally, this position maintains program website and develops monthly newsletter. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree (preferably in planning, community development, or education), strong written and oral communication skills, and a proven record of outstanding customer service and creative problem solving. See full posting and application instructions here.
Congrats to our 2015 ACES & Bike to School Day Poster Contest winners!
This year we asked you to submit a poster based on our theme, dinosaurs! All of our contestants submitted wonderful drawings, which made the contest that much harder. Keep an eye out for future contests for Bike to School Day or Walk to School Day--you could be the next winner!
Your school can now register for Bike to School Day 2015! Bike to School Day is on May 6th, 2015, but your school can participate anyday during the month of May! Students can bike, walk, or roll to school. Have a parade, walk with a friend, but just have fun!
A total of eight Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Active Transportation Mini-grants are awarded to 27 schools in eight communities in seven counties. Mini-grants are geared toward programs that accelerate the shift in paradigms and behaviors in places where it is already reasonably safe to walk and bike to school. The programs selected this year are quite varied and include a bicycle-centered program, one that focuses on reducing traffic resulting from a magnet school’s draw from outside the neighborhood, and some unique district-wide approaches to the program. Additionally, the programs represent rural, urban, and suburban settings.
Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is an international movement—and now a federal program—to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students’ readiness to learn in school.