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Three days left to apply for mini-grants for safe routes to school

Seattle Department of Transportation will provide mini-grants of up to $1,000 to school groups to educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety, and encourage walking and biking to school.

Private and public schools, PTAs and other school-related nonprofit groups may apply. The activities must support the overall goal of educating about safety and encouraging more walking and bicycling to school.

Mini-grants have helped schools start student safety patrols, attentive-driving programs, anti-idling campaigns, as well as bike safety education programs. Last year, Loyal Heights Elementary created an eight-week urban cycling club to teach fourth and fifth grade students bike safety and practice bicycling skills on neighborhood streets. McDonald Elementary School purchased safety supplies, including safety vests and flags, for their walking school buses. Mercer Middle School brought an Undriver Licensing Station to school for students who choose to walk and bike to school.

For more information and to apply for a Mini Grant, visit www.cityofseattle.net/transportation/ped_srts_grant.htm. In addition to the application, a letter of support from the school principal must be e-mailed or mailed by the application due date. For questions, contact Ashley Harris at ashley.harris@seattle.gov. Completed applications are due by the close of business Oct. 25, 2013 and recipients will be announced by Dec. 6, 2013.