Contest prize encourages kids to be safe getting to and from school

Lyndon Elementary Middle School Principal Matt Zimmerman keeps students in suspense, while talking about the meanings of traffic signs, before surprising the winner of a new bike at a traffic safety assembly Thursday.

Third-grader Jaeden Parker, student at Lyndon Elementary Middle School, was the winner of a new bike in a contest that encouraged kids to be safe while traveling to and from school. LEMS Principal Matt Zimmerman surprised Jaeden with the bike in front of his schoolmates during a traffic safety assembly held Thursday at the school.

New bike owner Jaeden Parker was the lucky winner in a LEMS safety essay contest.

New bike owner Jaeden Parker was the lucky winner in a LEMS safety essay contest.

Four winners of an essay and coloring contest were chosen from each grade, kindergarten through fifth grade, and the bike winner was chosen with a random drawing. All winners received a Safe Routes to School T-shirt.

The contest and assembly was in conjunction with Lyndon’s award of $15,000 in Phase 1 Safe Routes to Schools funding. The funds provide for planning and engineering of safe school routes, and public awareness projects that will make walking and bicycling to school safe, enjoyable and routine.

Lyndon is now in the process of applying for the second phase of the SRTS program. Successful applicants are eligible for up to $200,000 for projects such as sidewalk improvement or construction, pavement markings and signage.

Engineering firm BG Consultants is working with Lyndon on the application process for the SRTS second phase. The application is due June 7.

Plans have been developed for improvements along U.S. 75, improved sidewalk routes throughout town, and improved and safer crosswalks near Lyndon’s schools on Sixth Street.

Lyndon City Administrator Kim Newman announced at Thursday’s assembly that on Wednesday and Thursday of this week students who don’t ride a bus are asked to participate in a “walking school bus” in which students walk in groups along designated routes until each arrives at home. Information is to be provided to parents about the group walk.

The Kansas Department of Transportation administers the SFTS program with funding from the Federal Highway Administration.

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