Sunday, January 6, 2013
Sarah Lerand saw an accident waiting to happen and decided to prevent it. One alderman was enlisted to help her accomplish that, another was inspired to level-up the effort, and together, they led Tosa light-years forward on school zone safety.
It's rather convenient for an editor when, having solicited nominations for an honor, those most-nominated all share a common ground for which they are being applauded. While two stories are better for business than one, and four are better than two, Wauwatosa Patch has decided to gang up the three people who were most widely recognized, along with the beneficial public policy they all helped create, promote and expand: school zone safety. Without further ado: The principal extra-good person of the year, in the view of Patch readers, is Sarah Lerand, a parent at McKinley Elementary School who gave over much of her time and energy to keeping Wauwatosa's children safe going to and from school. Having laid the groundwork throughout 2011, …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Amounts haven't been announced yet, but Ald. Jeff Roznowski expects $200,000 or more to come Wauwatosa's way out of $3.4 million pool.
- Jim Price
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Two years ago, when Wauwatosa parent Sarah Lerand launched an effort to make getting to and from McKinley Elementary School safer, she probably didn't dare dream how far and how fast the program would grow. Or maybe she did. Lerand always envisioned safety success at McKinley as a model for the rest of the city's schools, and that just what it is happening. On Monday, Gov. Scott Walker announced grants totaling $3,388,573 to assist Wisconsin communities with Safe Routes to School projects in 2013. Of 17 grants awarded in just 15 communities, Wauwatosa's program won two, and stands to receive probably more than $200,000. The governor's office did not release a breakdown of the grant awards by amount – and neither, as of midday Tuesday, had…
Saturday, January 7, 2012
School receives one of just 26 such awards given nationally, will use it to promote and build on Walking School Bus program.
Wauwatosa's McKinley Elementary School has received a national grant to help expand its Safe Routes to School program. The National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRS) awarded McKinley one of just 26 mini-grants of $1,000 to support projects that encourage students and their families to walk or bicycle safely to school. The grant becomes available during this semester. McKinley intends to expand its Walking School Bus (WSB) program by reaching out to community members, businesses and three nearby universities. WSB encourages encourages parents who have been driving their children to school to form groups that walk together with volunteer adults accompanying them. The program reduces traffic congestion around schools and increases …