Flushing schools hoping for grant to improve walkways for students

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FLUSHING (WJRT) (2/26/2018) - Sidewalks, bike paths and improved lighting are among the improvements Flushing Community Schools are hoping to complete with a federal grant.

Students and parents in the district are well aware of safety lapses for students who walk to school. The district is applying for the Safe Routes to School grant program to improve pedestrian routes around its schools.

"I think it's a good thing," said Jennifer, who has children in the district. "I mean, as safe as we can keep our kids, we might as well, right?"

She pointed out there are no bike paths or sidewalks around Flushing Middle and High schools.

Nearly a year ago, 13-year-old Alaina Ullmer was hit and killed by a car while walking from Flushing Middle school to the high school.

"There really is no bike paths here and it would actually be something worthwhile looking into," said Pam Partin, who has grandchildren in the district.

Flushing Community Schools is currently asking parents on their website to fill out the Safe Routes To School survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday.

"I honestly think it's a great idea, because people do like to fly around here," said Judy Dolan. "Especially at Seymour (Elementary School), when people come and park and try to drop their kids off, it's very crowded and you see kids walking and it's very nerve-wracking, honestly."

Chris Otto said many of the improvements are a no-brainer.

"Well they should do everything that they can do to make them safe," she said. "It doesn't matter, whatever we gotta do, we gotta do."

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