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 12/5/2013 
 Tom Pogue, Community Relations Manager   240.777.7155
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 MCDOT announces grants to high school students for pedestrian safety education projects

 

MCDOT is launching the “Walk Your Way” project as part of an initiative to educate high school students on the importance of pedestrian safety. The County will award up to $2,000 each to teams of high school students for designing and implementing a pedestrian safety education program at their high school.

Safe Kids Worldwide found that one in five high school students crossed the street while distracted, usually texting or using headphones. MCDOT and Montgomery County Public Schools have previously partnered on pedestrian safety education efforts at Blair and Seneca Valley high schools. The Walk Your Way grants are designed to bring pedestrian safety messages to even more high school students. A Blair High School senior recently made a public service announcement to help publicize them.

Interested student teams should submit their grant application by December 16th. Project ideas include painting sidewalks, designing and distributing posters and other materials, or holding a school-wide assembly. For more ideas and application information, go to MCDOT's Safe Routes to School website or contact MCDOT's Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Nadji Kirby, by phone at 240.777.7169 or by email.

 

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