The NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has announced more than $1 million in Round 2 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants to 25 communities hosting 41 schools.
They join the communities that were awarded funds in Round 1, announced in 2007.
Federal funds will reimburse schools and municipalities for the costs of enabling and encouraging childen between kindergaten and eighth grade to safely walk or ride bicylces to school. The program is intended to serve students, including those with disabilities, who live within approximately two miles of school.
High fuel costs, an epidemic of childhood overweight and obesity, and concerns about air pollution and global warming are converging to make SRTS an inviting option for New Hampshire communities.
The state's Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) and the Statewide Advisory Committee (SAC) reviewed and scored the applications. Commissioner George N. Campbell Jr. announced the awards on Sept. 8, 2008.