Arkansas is required by Federal legislation to allocate between 10% and 30% of its Safe Routes To School funding to educational programs. These programs should be designed to target school children, their parents, their school’s neighbors, individuals traveling through school zones, and community residents in general. It is hoped they will address specific problems in an effort to provide a safer walking and bicycling environment for children. Examples of educational programs are included here.
- Creation and reproduction of promotional and educational materials.
- Bicycle and pedestrian safety curricula, materials and trainers.
- Training, including Safe Routes To School training workshops that target school- and community-level audiences.
- Modest incentives for Safe Routes To School contests, and incentives that encourage more walking and bicycling over time.
- Safety and educational tokens that also advertise the program.
- Photocopying, duplicating, and printing costs, including compact discs, digital video discs, etc.
- Mailing costs.
- Costs for data gathering, analysis, evaluation, and reporting at the local project level.
- Pay for substitute teacher if needed to cover for faculty attending Safe Routes To School functions during school hours.
- Costs for additional law enforcement or equipment needed for enforcement activities.
- Equipment and training needed for establishing crossing guard programs.
Stipends for parent or staff coordinators. The intent is to be able to reimburse volunteers for materials and expenses needed for coordination efforts. The intent is not to pay volunteers for their time. In some cases, however, a stipend may be paid to permit a “super volunteer” to coordinate its local program(s). This is an important possibility to keep open for low-income communities. It may be beneficial to set a limit on the maximum value of a stipend, such as $2,000/school year.
Costs to employ a Safe Routes To School Program Manager, which is a person that runs a Safe Routes To School Program for an entire city, county, or some other area-wide division that includes numerous schools. (Program Managers may coordinate the efforts of numerous stakeholders and volunteers, may manage the process for implementation at the local or regional level, and may be responsible for reporting to the State Safe Routes To School Coordinator.)
Costs to engage the services of a consultant (either non-profit or for-profit) to manage a Safe Routes To School Program as described above.