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Hernando designates grant money for safety

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HERNANDO, MS (WMC-TV) - Children in Hernando, especially those who walk to and from Oak Grove Elementary, will now have a much safer way in which to do so thanks to a new grant award to the city.

"About two weeks ago we got a letter saying we've been approved for a $213,000 grant for Safe Routes to Schools," Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson said. "What this will do is put sidewalks in and help us educate children on bicycle and walking safety."

According to Johnson, the new sidewalks will begin at the Gale Center, go up College Street to Oak Grove Road.

Sadie Moore has lived in Hernando all her life, and is a school bus driver for DeSoto County Schools. She is happy about the sidewalks.

"Over in the earlier years, it was all gravel, so I think that's a great big step for the city of Hernando to get sidewalks on this side of town," she said.

Student Aaliyaha Thornton says anytime you can stay off the road while walking is a good thing.

"That's good, because you can walk to school and not in the road. You can also ride your bike and not in the road so you don't get hit by cars," she said.

Alberta Williams lives right across the street from the school. She says there are other benefits to a new sidewalk as well.

"I'll actually get out and walk on the sidewalks right there in front of my house, so I'll get out there and walk," she said.

Now along with the new sidewalks, the money will also be used to hire two crossing guards and the instillation of a new flashing caution light outside the school.

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