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District leaders looking for safe routes to Napoleon Schools

NAPOLEON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Leaders of Napoleon Schools are working to make it easier and safer for kids to walk to school.

It's a lesson district leaders say they want students to take outside of the classroom and carry with them for life.

"We need to find ways to help encourage healthy lifestyles," said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Fogo.

He says that could include walking to school. So Dr. Fogo is working with other leaders and parents to come up with ways to create safe pedestrian and bike routes to their new school campus.

"It could be sidewalks, it could be pedestrian crossings, the stripes in the streets," he said.

Fogo says federal grants are available to help fund a project like this and he says once it's complete, it could help the more than 500 students who live within a mile of the school get more physical activity in their day.

"We need to find a way to make it safe for kids, so parents know the routes that they're taking, know that they're supervised," he said. "That will help perhaps encourage those kids to have a more healthy lifestyle."

The next step is to make a presentation to the Ohio Department of Transportation with their safe route plans. Then they can apply for grant money.

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