Improvements are part of a $426,375 grant for Safe Routes to Schools
Bennett Elementary will soon see new sidewalks, an ADA compliant ramp, and new crosswalk markings as part of a $426,375 grant for Safe Routes to Schools. The grant also includes funding for parent and student safety training workshops, student activity/coloring books (“Let’s Be Safe” and “101 Ways to Stay Safe”), and paid stipends for two parents to launch a new Walking School Bus for students walking to and from school daily.
The neighborhood surrounding Bennett Elementary School, located at 2111 Mullane, in partnership with MDOT and the City of Detroit, will receive the sidewalks and crosswalks on Mandale, Lawndale, Whittaker, Senator, and Mullane streets in 2012. The school will also implement the pedestrian safety education and walking school bus programs in the spring.
The next step in the process involves defining an implementation strategy for both the infrastructure and non-infrastructure components of the projects.
“Bennett is the only school in all of Wayne County, one of seven recipients in the entire state of Michigan, to receive the Safe Routes to Schools Grant,” said Principal Josette Buendia. “And our dollar allocation by far exceeds that of any of the other SRTS grant recipients.
“This generous contribution will ensure that each of Bennett’s PreK-5th grade students will be able to safely walk and ride bicycles to and from school. This will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the children in the Bennett Elementary School community,” Buendia said.