As Fort Worth schools go back to class on Monday, it will soon be easier for students to walk and bike safely to school.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments awarded more than $3.2 million through the Safe Routes to School project to the city of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Independent School District and Blue Zones Project. The city of Fort Worth matched those funds to have a total of $6.4 million to be used for infrastructure improvements to the schools.
Some of the improvements that will be made include adding sidewalks, crosswalks, and signage.
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The funding was awarded to eight schools in Fort Worth that were identified as those in most need of safety upgrades. They also plan to create new traffic plans for parents dropping and picking up their children.
The schools receiving upgrades are Bonnie Brae Elementary, C.C. Moss Elementary, Daggett Elementary, Daggett Middle School, Diamond Hill Elementary, McRae Elementary, M.L. Phillips Elementary and W.J. Turner Elementary.
M.L. Phillips Elementary principal Whitney Clark said she is not only excited that the project will create safer routes, but that it will also get kids active again.
"Students that are coming to school after walking or biking are much more alert and ready to learn," she said. "We start at 8 and hit the ground running, so to have them awake and ready to go is obviously ideal for us.”