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Safe Routes to School


United Way's Safe Routes to School initiative aims to ensure our students have a hazard free way to get to school. This effort is being implemented thanks to a Shaping Tomorrow grant from the Erie Community Foundation, Lake Effect Leaders, and the work of Gannon University’s GIS students. United Way, in partnership with The City of Erie, Erie’s Public Schools and members of the Blue Coats initiative, worked to identify the best routes for students to walk and the design of the sign. 

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  • If your student walks to school, spend some time walking the route so they know how they should be walking to McKinley Elementary School.

  • Ensure your sidewalk is clear of snow, ice, or other debris. This allows for a safe walkway for students.

  • Keep an eye on your neighborhood. Report concerns to the proper authorities.

  • Get involved! Talk with the school about what you can do to ensure our students are getting to school safely and on time every day.

  • Keep an eye out for additional ways to help with Safe Routes to School.


This project is made possible by a grant from The Erie Community Foundation.