A special curriculum for North Carolina called “Let’s Go NC!” includes five lesson plans and videos for students in grades K-5 covering these topics:
- Where to walk
- How to cross streets
- Crossing intersections
- School bus safety
- Parking lot safety
Each lesson also includes a take-home sheet for parents/guardians and an end-of-lesson assessment. Endorsed by the NC Department of Public Instruction, this curriculum is available free of charge online for use in classrooms as well as with other youth-oriented groups.
Using funds from a Safe Routes to School grant, the Winston-Salem Safe Routes to School Program through the City of Winston-Salem purchased a trailer, 26 bicycles and helmets that Winston-Salem/Forsyth County elementary and middle schools could use to teach biking skills to students. Safe Routes to School Coordinator Judi Wallace developed a Bike Smarts curriculum tailored to the needs and schedule of local schools. Judi with Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator Matthew Burczyk trained all elementary and middle school teachers in WS/FC Schools to teach the Bike Smarts curriculum in their physical education classes, with particular focus on fourth and sixth grade students.
Walking School Bus Program
Beginning with a Walking Wednesdays program at Kimberley Park Elementary School, the Safe Routes to School Program is working on starting a Walking School Bus Program at a few schools. At participating schools, a designated coordinator will recruit adult volunteers to walk with groups of students to school. These volunteers will undergo a background check and will be trained as “drivers” for the walking school bus. The school coordinator will design routes according to where participating students live. Stay tuned for more information as the program develops.