The Dexter Wellness Coalition has joined forces with the Chelsea Area Wellness Foundation and Michigan State University's Small Town Design Initiative to launch the Safe Routes to School Program in Dexter.
Dexter's Safe Routes to School Program will encourage children to embark on a healthier lifestyle by providing increased safety education, enforcement, and infrastructure improvements that will help keep children safer when walking or biking to school.
The coalition will hold a kick-off meeting on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Creekside Intermediate School to gather input from community members on the current barriers to safe walking and biking in the village.
In addition to gathering input from the community, a multidisciplinary team from MSU will visit Wylie Elementary School and Creekside Intermediate School to examine the way that students, parents, cars and buses interact with the built environment.
Safe Routes to School action plans will be completed for all four schools in May 2013.
Parents who can not attend the meeting can email Kristen Delaney, program coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the program, visit http://saferoutesmichigan.org/.