When students at Bossier Elementary and Plantation Park Elementary Schools return from summer break, they will be putting their best foot forward on campus.
Thanks to a “Kids On the Move” grant applied for on behalf of Bossier Schools by Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments, improved pedestrian safety and traffic improvements were made in addition to the construction of walking tracks.
Better visibility is key, given the large number of students that are walkers at both schools. Bossier Elementary now sports improved crosswalks, flashers , traffic markings and signage as does Plantation Park, with the addition of a parent drop-off lane and sidewalk.
“We are so thankful to the many agencies that made the walking track and traffic improvements a reality for our children,” said Tonya Hilburn, Principal at Plantation Park Elementary. “It is not just a win for PPE, but for the community. Our parents are so grateful knowing their child’s safety is first and foremost, from the moment they arrive to when they leave school.”
“This is another example of Bossier being progressive and getting it done,” said Kent Rogers, NLCOG Executive Director. “We are proud to be a part of this and look forward to future opportunities that focus on quality of life and position Bossier Schools to further enhance the safety of its campuses.”
Federal Highway Administration funds for the “Kids On the Move” program provide infrastructure grants through the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. NLCOG was the local agency that served as project administrator for the two school projects.