from InMotion, Sept 2018
Many students rely on active transportation for their school commute, but not all have a safe route to do so. Eugene School District 4J, the City of Eugene, and Lane County recently worked together to improve the infrastructure around several 4J schools to make it safer and more appealing for students to walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Here’s some projects that went in this summer to make the return to school safer and better for walking and biking:
- At Gilham Elementary new crosswalks were installed on Honeywood in front of the school to replace a crosswalk that was on a blind curve.
- A new pedestrian island and marked crosswalk were installed on Gilham Rd at Elkhorn Dr. to break up a half mile stretch with no marked crossings. This new crossing will serve students and Gilham Elementary and Cal Young Middle School.
Two projects around Howard Elementary and Kelly Middle, also serving North Eugene High School, Yujin Gakuen and Corridor create stretches of a growing network of safer streets in a region with poor infrastructure for active transportation. Those improvements include:
- Building a sidewalk on the west side of Grove St between Maxwell Rd and Howard Ave. Grove is a key connector in the area because the Grove/Maxwell intersection has the only traffic light on Maxwell between Northwest Expressway and River Road (a 35 mph street).
- Building a sidewalk on the east side of North Park Ave between Howard Ave and Hatton Dr to the south, bringing students walking on North Park Ave by Kelly out of the ditch and the road by; adding a marked crossing and completing sidewalk gaps at Hatton Dr; and adding traffic calming on North Park Ave from the school south to Kelly Ln.
The Safe Routes to School team is available to help with route planning and other support for families interested in having their students walk, bike, skate or scoot to school. Click here to find the contact for your district’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator for assistance.
Safe Routes to School is gearing up for a fun fall, encouraging students to use active transportation, bus and carpool for their school commute. Contact email@example.com to find out more.
Some schools use them. Some don’t. What do you think about them? Here are two templates we’ve collected.
Volunteer Pledge Form
Some schools are also using Project Appleseed’s Parental Involvement Pledge and Toolbox to increase family engagement and volunteerism.
Questions for your Parent Group to Think About
- How do we make volunteer or community outreach opportunities available for students? For their extended family members? For neighbors?
- How do we respect the many differences in our school community and ensure a diverse array of volunteer opportunities that allow for maximum parental participation?
- Do we give our volunteers name tags? How do we help them to get to know one another?
The 4J Parent Leaders Network is a volunteer network connecting parent organization leaders for mutual support. We meet at the District Office at 200 North Monroe Street. Our meeting space and refreshments are provided by Eugene School District 4J.
This year’s meetings will be convened by Heather Sielicki and Rita Gillihan on 10/1, 12/3, 2/4, and 4/15 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. RSVPs are requested.
2018-2019 Meeting Schedule
- October 1st: Back to school; policies and procedures that apply to parent groups, working with the Eugene Education Foundation, and communication best practices. Click here to RSVP.
- December 3rd: Understanding K-12 Funding in Oregon 101; working with the School Board, programs and ideas for raising additional funds for your school community. Click here to RSVP.
- February 4th: Community involvement; best practices to support the involvement of parents and families in the education of their children, how to get your neighborhood connected with your school. Click here to RSVP.
- April 15: Advocacy; enhance your ability to impact educational opportunities and social change, mobilize volunteers and recruit future parent leaders. Click here to RSVP.
Published: AUGUST 16, 2018 at https://www.4j.lane.edu
Bond funds would improve safety, career education, technology, curriculum, overcrowding, and replace 3 aging schools, if approved by voters. The Eugene School Board has unanimously approved referring a $319.3 million bond measure to voters on the November 2018 election ballot.
If approved by voters in November, the bond measure would provide improvements for all district schools. Bond funds would upgrade safety and security, support career education, address equity, improve technology, update instructional materials, and repair schools across the district. It would replace three aging school buildings—North Eugene High School, Edison Elementary School, and Camas Ridge Elementary School—and add classrooms at Gilham Elementary School.
The Neighborhood Matching Grants (NMG) program can help in building community, creating connections and improving our neighborhoods, parks and natural areas. Applications for smaller projects, less than $5,000 will be considered by City staff for approval and funding on an ongoing basis.
Proposals will only be accepted from groups of people living, working, or owning property within the neighborhood boundary in which the project is located. A neighborhood group may be an existing group whose membership is from a commonly recognized geographic area (e.g., neighborhood association, business association, or school PTO or site council) or an ad hoc group formed to work together on a specific project.
What types of projects are considered?
Projects may include, but are not limited to; public school partnership projects that benefit school children and the immediate neighborhood; those that build a safer and more welcoming community for marginalized or vulnerable community
members; physical improvement projects that involve recreation or public safety facilities, natural resource features, public art and spaces, or community gardens, and projects that improve universal accessibility; and Outreach, research, education or organizing projects that address planning-related topics such as transportation (pedestrian or cyclist safety), land use neighborhood or area planning) or public safety (disaster planning, neighborhood mapping, neighborhood safety).
If your project involves property that your organization or applicant group does not own you will need to get written approval from the owner. For private property, the owner of the parcel must approve the project. For projects on school grounds documentation is required from the District and school principal.
- 4J School District contacts: Kerry Delf, Communications and Intergovernmental Relations, at 541-687-3245 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Harlan Coats, Facilities Management, 541-790-7409 (email@example.com).
See the Guidelines for Smaller Project>>
See the FY18 Application for Smaller Projects>>
If you need more information or have questions please contact Cindy Koehler at 541-682-5272.