Session 13 - SRTS/CS Low-Income Mattera

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Session 13 - SRTS/CS Low-Income Mattera

  1. 1. Making SRTS Work in Low- Income Communities: Georgia’s Perspective Abby Mattera Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center
  2. 2. Georgia Safe Routes to School Georgia Department of Transportation •$17.2 million 2005-2009 –Resource Center –Infrastructure Grants •Reauthorization pending
  3. 3. Georgia SRTS Resource Center •Established Summer 2009 •Focus on 4 E’s: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation •6 Coordinators •180+ Partner Schools •100+ Community Friends
  4. 4. Georgia SRTS Resource Center 51% of Partner schools are low-income 31% 44% 19% 100% 62% 82%
  5. 5. GA SRTS Resource Center Supporting low-income communities –Additional travel plan assistance –Stakeholder task forces –Center of resources
  6. 6. Case Study: Knollwood Elementary Located in Belvedere Park Community in unincorporated DeKalb County –First-generation suburb –Median household income: $37,207 School serves 266 children –97% Free/Reduced lunch –100% Black –Title 1 School –School met AYP Data collected from the 2000 Census and the Georgia Department of Education
  7. 7. Knollwood SRTS Summary Challenges Successes • Nonexistent PTA • Weekly parent-led Walking • Unsupportive administration School Buses • Crime • Monthly classroom competitions • Lack of infrastructure • Poster contest • No parental involvement • Bike/Pedestrian education in PE • Speeding class • Bike racks installed • Updated school zone signage and striping • Increase number and frequency of walkers • International Walk to School Day • Georgia Walk to School Day
  8. 8. Knollwood SRTS Program
  9. 9. Knollwood Program Partners •National Partnership •Kaiser Permanente* •DeKalb County Board of Health* •SRTS State Network •Teachers •PATH Foundation •Georgia State University •Georgia SRTS Resource Center *Provided additional funding
  10. 10. Case Study: Capitol View Elementary Located in the City of Atlanta in Fulton County –Semi-urban –Median household income: $24,604 School serves 273 children –89% Free/Reduced lunch –66.7% Black, 16.7% Asian, 16.7% Multi- Racial –Title 1 School –School met AYP Data collected from the 2000 Census and the Georgia Department of Education
  11. 11. Capitol View SRTS Summary Challenges Successes • Identifying champion • Fall Walk to School • Communicating to Day parents • Bicycle and • Dangerous roads Pedestrian Education • Crime • Safety tips in newsletter • Infrastructure improvements
  12. 12. Capitol View SRTS Program
  13. 13. Capitol View Program Partners •Principal & Assistant Principal •PEDS •City of Atlanta Police Department •Safe Kids Georgia •Safe Kids Fulton •FedEx Worldwide •Georgia SRTS Resource Center
  14. 14. Case Study: Fairington Elementary Located in Unincorporated DeKalb County –Suburban –Median household income: $26,191 School serves 605 children –85% Free/Reduced lunch –100% Black –Title 1 School –School met AYP Data collected from the 2000 Census and the Georgia Department of Education
  15. 15. Fairington SRTS Summary Challenges Successes • Lack of parental • Bicycle/Pedestrian involvement Education • Lack of infrastructure • Staff-led walking • Difficulty maintaining school buses volunteers • Police enforcement of • Burnt-out PTA speeds • Increase number of walkers on event day
  16. 16. Fairington SRTS Program
  17. 17. Fairington Program Partners •Student Support Specialist •School Nurse •Teachers •Safe Kids DeKalb •Clean Air Campaign •FedEx •Georgia SRTS Resource Center
  18. 18. Case Study: Bethune Elementary Located in Unincorporated Fulton County –First generation suburb –Median household income: $39,141 School serves 680 children –85% Free/Reduced lunch –95.7% Black, 4.3% Hispanic –Title 1 School –School met AYP Data collected from the 2000 Census and the Georgia Department of Education
  19. 19. Bethune SRTS Summary Challenges Successes • Lack of parental • Travel Plan involvement • Georgia W2S Day • School administration • Parent/PTA Education resources • Media attention • Community • Bike/Ped Education communication Day • Crime • Lack of infrastructure
  20. 20. Bethune SRTS Program
  21. 21. Bethune Program Partners •School Principal and Counselor •Parents •Fulton County Police Department •Fulton County Public Works •Fulton County School System •Safety Street Georgia •Safe Kids Fulton County •Georgia SRTS Resource Center
  22. 22. Lessons Learned • Making SRTS work in low-income schools requires a variety of partners • Building trust with school is important • Making program complimentary to current efforts and not feel like a “whole new program” • Enlist older children to become role models/walking school bus leaders • Funding goes a long way in getting school buy-in • When engaging parents: need childcare/food/incentive • Stress the benefits to the whole community, not just to the schools
  23. 23. Contact Information Abby Mattera Metro Atlanta School Outreach Coordinator Georgia SRTS Resource Center 404.441.5728 abby@saferoutesga.org Hotline: 877.436.8927 www.SafeRoutesGA.org

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