FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 3, 2016
The concrete is dry and ready on two blocks of new sidewalks adjacent to Maplewood Elementary and Maple Park Middle School, just in time to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
The public is invited to the “outdoor classroom” just east of Maplewood Elementary to help officials cut the ribbon at 10 a.m.
The Kansas City Public Works Department and the Full Employment Council united to not only provide improved pedestrian traffic at the schools, located on Kansas City’s north side at 52nd and Bennington, but to integrate job training in the construction process.
“This pilot program has brought together a number of important things like school safety and job creation,” 1st District Councilman Scott Wagner said. “I’m hopeful that we can create new employment and career opportunities for our residents while enhancing the walkability for our neighborhoods. With this program we are well on our way.”
Wagner and 1st District Councilwoman Heather Hall helped secure funding for the project through allocation of remaining funds in the Searcy Creek TIF and Council District One PIAC funds. They will be joined at the event by Public Works Director Sherri McIntyre, school representatives and local advocates.
After the ceremony, students will walk along a portion of the sidewalk on 52nd street to support International Walk to School Day.
International Walk to School Day is an annual event that involves communities in more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day in October to encourage safe routes to school worldwide.
The Full Employment Council, Inc. (FEC) is a business-led, non-profit corporation dedicated to obtaining public and private-sector employment for the unemployed and the underemployed residents of the Greater Kansas City area.
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