Velva improving school travel safety with America Walks grant

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VELVA, N.D. - Velva will be working on walkability in Star City.

After receiving $1,500 from America Walks, city leaders say the money will be focused on making it safer for pedestrians when crossing the street.

Velva Mayor Jennifer Soli is often the first person kids run into on the way to school. That's because she personally wants to make sure everyone can cross the street safely.

"It prompted me when my child was crossing and almost got hit on two different occasions, so ultimately it's the safety of the kids crossing here," Soli said.

After being the only North Dakota community to receive the grant, the Star City is planning on using the funds to repaint crosswalks and put crossing signs near the school.

"It's important to make everyone aware that there are going to be kids crossing here and to slow down and watch for them," Soli said.

Since the bus loading zones moved to another area of the school, Soli says it's that much more important to keep drivers on the lookout for students.

The Star City was also only one of 60 communities across the country to get the grant.