By Zachary Manning
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Reporter
BATH — Bath Community Schools are looking into implementing a Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program to encourage students to exercise more.
According to the SR2S website, the three purposes of the program are to enable and encourage children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school, to make walking and biking to school safer and more appealing, and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety.
“Bath Community Schools supports a number of fitness programs encouraging students to exercise and participate in healthy activities. Safe Routes to School is another program that promotes student health and supports students walking and biking to school,” said Nancy Hawkins, Bath Community Schools board secretary. “It is great to see that the Bath community also supports the program. Walking and biking to school can be a safe way for children to be more active.”
Bath Community Schools are pursuing this to promote a healthier lifestyle for kids. It is not a major priority right now as they have pretty good sidewalks already, but they are open to supporting it.
“It would help promote healthy living, being active, safe routes for biking and walking, and conserving our natural resources by walking or riding bikes to school,” said Jake Huffman, superintendent of Bath Community Schools. “To this point though, it hasn’t been a district priority, as we already have a pretty good sidewalk system in town, though there is always room for improvement or expansion. We would be open to supporting the program if some external leadership was developed to promote the program.”