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Marion Independent School District Seeking Feedback on Safe Routes To School Plan

Open House Set for May 19

Post Date:05/17/2016 9:01 AM

At no other time in recorded history have so few children walked or biked to school. The Marion Independent School District is hosting a public open house event on Thursday, May 19th to discuss the District’s Safe Routes to School Plan, which aims to educate and encourage students to walk or bike to school.

The open house event on May 19th will be held in the cafeteria of Vernon Middle School from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will begin with a brief presentation on what Safe Routes to School is and what the District’s plan wants to achieve. After the presentation, MPO and City of Marion staff will facilitate community conversations regarding physical barriers preventing children from walking to school. Staff will also assist with a mapping exercise so members of the community may identify problem areas.

The goal for Marion Independent School District’s Safe Routes to School plan is to improve students’ quality of life by promoting healthy living, safe infrastructure, and physical activity, starting with walking or biking to school. In order to improve students’ quality of life, community feedback is crucial, especially from parents of students enrolled at the Marion Independent School District.

If parents are unable to attend the open house, it is encouraged they go to to complete a brief survey about how their children get to school.

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