Lincoln Avenue Elementary School has been chosen to receive a $75,000.00 grant from the Safe Routes to School initiative from the City of Milwaukee to make infrastructure improvements around Lincoln Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international movement meant improve safety conditions along routes to school and encourage more walking and bicycling when it is safe to do so. Lincoln Avenue Elementary has the 4th highest population of students who walk to school in the entire Milwaukee Public School district, which means most of its students live too close to school to qualify for school busing. As one of MPS’ 12 Community Schools, one of Lincoln Avenue’s priorities is Safety. The school has implemented many strategies to make the neighborhood and infrastructure around the school as safe as possible for our students, families and community members. Some of these strategies include having a Walking School Bus that runs twice a week and hosting monthly neighborhood safety meetings open to parents and residents. Lincoln Avenue’s strong leadership role in the neighborhood, large student body, and location all contributed to why it was one of only 8 school’s chosen to be part of the Milwaukee SRTS project! Lincoln Avenue held its first public input session last week on January 14th. Residents, parents, staff members, and District 2 Police were in attendance to collaborate on ideas for new pedestrian friendly infrastructure around school. In the next few months, Lincoln Avenue and the City of Milwaukee will be engaging residents, teachers, and other community stakeholders on what improvements they would like to see implemented and in 2021, implementation is set to begin.
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