Rollin’ rocks: South County pupils propel selves to school

Hundreds of students at Grover Heights Elementary have been walking, cycling, riding scooters or skateboarding to school in recent months, prompted by a $340,000 grant received by the city and the Lucia Mar school district.

Of that, $20,000 is being split between Grover Heights and Grover Beach elementary schools to promote safe walking and riding to school, Grover Beach City Manager Bob Perrault said.

The rest will go toward two construction projects. One includes crosswalk improvements at Atlantic City and North Fourth Street and installing sidewalks on Richie Road, near Grover Heights Elementary, he said. Those are expected to be constructed this summer.

The second includes sidewalks, crosswalks and paving on Longbranch Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets near Grover Beach Elementary. The improvements will likely be made later this year, Perrault said.

At Grover Heights, students have been urged to participate in monthly “Walk and Roll to School Days,” teacher George Griffin said. In recent months, more than 50 percent of the school’s nearly 500 students have participated, he said.

Fifth-grader Michael Hernandez explained the intent of the program in a letter to The Tribune: “We are walking or riding to save our environment, keep us healthy, to have fun, and reduce traffic for our school.”

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