Getting to school is about to be much safer for students at Rosewood Elementary School in Rock Hill. The school has been awarded a $400,000 grant through SCDOT's Safe Routes to School Program.
Although Rosewood Elementary itself is surrounded by homes, the school is just one block back from the very busy Celanese Road and there are few sidewalks, crosswalks or other infrastructure elements to make the walk to school safe for students who live close enough to walk to school.
Construction on the project won’t begin until 2015, but will include “sidewalk improvement and installation of signage/high visibility crosswalks around (the) school,” according to the SCDOT website.
In October 2013, when the school celebrated International Walk to School Day by hosting a symbolic walk from the Mayflower Restaurant to the school, principal Stephanie DiStasio said the safety of students outside Rosewood has been serious concern for some time. Of the school’s 610 students, less than 5 percent walk to school because of the lack of a safe route, she said.
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“This grant will be a huge asset for improving safety and promoting physical activity for our students,” said Rosewood’s School Improvement Council chairman Matt Hiers.