South St. Paul Schools Receives a Second MNDOT Boost Grant
South Saint Paul Public School District was one of seven schools within the state to receive the 2021 MNDOT Safe Routes to School Boost Grant. The goal of this second Boost grant is to provide equitable access to biking for all students by developing a fleet equipped with adaptive gear and appropriate-designed bicycles. Skills training is also provided to give more students the opportunity to learn to bike. This is the second Boost Grant SSPPS has received and allows the district to build off the existing efforts of integrating the Safe Routes to School program within the community.
“The MNDOT Boost Grant funding provides customizable safe routes to school needs within our community; bringing equity and inclusivity to the forefront of our Safe Routes to School program. This grant gives expansion to our program and the ability to equip all students for lifelong habits.” - Sophie Olson, SSPPS Safe Routes to School Coordinator.
The funding of the MNDOT Boost Grants align with the SSPPS Comprehensive Plan completed in June 2018 and brings focus on equity by creating opportunities for walking and biking that offer access to all. SSPPS received the first MNDOT Safe Routes to School Boost Grant in the Spring of 2020. The goal of this grant was to support Safe Routes to School by prioritizing creating a bicycle fleet equipped with traditional-style bicycles and build student’s skills and confidence in walking to, from, and while at school.
A special thank you to MNDOT and the entire Safe Routes to School network for continued support and expertise as SSPPS continues to integrate Safe Routes to School within the district. For more information on SSPPS Safe Routes to School initiatives throughout the district, visit the SRTS webpage.