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Page 1 Page 2 Printable Copy 2009 Walk to School Day Album Michigan’s E-New sletter Issue 26 December, 2009 In This Issue: For More Information Contact: SR2S Annual Meeting-Register Now! Rosie Stern Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator School Bus Cuts and SR2S P.O. Box 27187 Making Routes Safe For Students with Lansing, MI 48909 Disabilities Phone: (517) 908-3828 Fax: (517) 347-8145 Invitation to Submit Photos email@example.com Geotagging: It’s the Hot New Thing! Local Feature: Grand Blanc Upcoming Events Dear Safe Routes to School Program Coordinators and Friends, Here’s what’s crossed Michigan’s Safe Routes to School news desk lately! SR2S Annual Meeting-Register Now! You are invited to attend the Safe Routes to School State Coalition Annual Meeting in Lansing on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010. The meeting will feature general sessions and breakout workshops on these topics: Safe Routes to School partnerships Advocacy and resources Walking school buses and bike trains Safe Routes to School for students with disabilities Youth engagement with Make Trax Register online today at www.saferoutesmichigan.org/annualmeeting2010.htm. School Bus Cuts and SR2S School districts across the country are struggling to balance budgets and save money. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has developed a series of resources to help communities with student safety in the wake of school bus service cuts. Resources can be accessed through the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Web site at www.saferoutespartnership.org. Making Routes Safe for Students with Disabilities Effectively Planning and Implementing Safe Routes to School for Students with Disabilities, a white paper developed in Michigan, helps parents, school administrators, special educators, and others understand how Safe Routes to School education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering, and evaluation activities benefit children with disabilities. The paper will be presented at our January 27, 2010 Safe Routes to School State Coalition Annual Meeting and available on our Web site soon thereafter. Local Feature: Grand Blanc Congratulations to the Safe Routes to School team at Grand Blanc East for demonstrating how problem solving and with disabilities. The paper will be presented at our January 27, 2010 Safe Routes to School State Coalition Annual Meeting and available on our Web site soon thereafter. Local Feature: Grand Blanc Congratulations to the Safe Routes to School team at Grand Blanc East for demonstrating how problem solving and persistence pays off! Property owners of a large apartment complex recently agreed to an easement allowing for the construction of a new six-foot-wide sidewalk leading from the apartment complex to Grand Blanc East Middle School. The City Council worked with the property owners to reach an agreement where the pathway would be installed. “The sidewalks will make walking possible for students who couldn’t walk in the past,” said Frankie Millstead, East Middle School’s Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator who worked with city officials to help reach the agreement. Invitation to Submit Photos Interested in sharing pictures of you school’s Safe Rotes to School events? Submit your photos and we'll post them in our Safe Routes to School e-newsletter! Each photo should be submitted with a short phrase describing the event. We will post up to three photos per school. Please note that when you submit photos, you are giving permission to allow their use for promotional purposes, educational activities and in response to media requests, and you are acknowledging that all necessary permissions have been obtained. Look for the photo submission form on our Web site by mid-January. Geotagging: It’s the Hot New Thing! Geotagging, the process of adding geographical identification to photographs, video or websites, can assist your community in completing walking and bicycling audit maps that display location-specific information. Using a smartphone (e.g. iPhone, Black Berry etc.), you can shoot photos, download them to your computer and they will be displayed on a Google map pinpointing the exact location of the photo. If you don’t have a smartphone you can sign up for certain types of memory card service subscriptions that embed information on your photos. Mapping activities like geotagging are included in Make Trax, Michigan’s new Safe Routes to School youth engagement curriculum. If you would like a copy of Make Trax mailed to you at no charge please contact our office. Other Upcoming Events The 2010 Safe Routes to School regional training schedule is in development. Stay tuned to the Safe Routes to School website for dates, specific locations, and details as they become available. Here’s where we plan to be this spring: Early March, Southeast Michigan Mid-March, West Michigan April, Northern Michigan SR2S Basics is a 60-minute conference call training that will help you understand how Safe Routes to School works in Michigan. Registration through our Web site is required. SR2S Basics Conference Call Training Schedule Wednesday, January 20-10:00am Thursday, February 18-3:00pm Tuesday, March 23-10:00am Thursday, April 22-3:00pm Wednesday, May 19-10:00am Register online or contact Mary Grill at firstname.lastname@example.org, (517) 908-3832.