Do you believe every kid in Oregon deserves a safe route to school? Now is a crucial time to show your support. The Oregon Legislature is back in session at the beginning of the year, and we need your help to ensure Safe Routes to School – and the safety and health of kids across the state – is a priority. With your support, we can push our 90 state senators and representatives to invest in Safe Routes to School – statewide – in the 2017 Legislative Session.
You can quickly and easily show your support by making a donation through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide today. As if giving didn’t feel good already, when you give at least $10, you get gifts in return including a free Por Que No? taco, Stumptown Coffee Roasters drink, Salt & Straw 4 oz scoop, and a Sizzle Pie pizza slice.
Meet Trey, 9-year-old Safe Routes to School activist
When asked what he’d like to see in five years, Trey told us what he’d like to see in two: every kid in his neighborhood with a Safe Routes to School (including his little brother), because in two years when Trey goes off to middle school, he will no longer be able to walk with his little brother. Many of his friends lack access to open spaces, and he wants them to have the option to safely walk and bike to school in order to get the physical activity they need.
Trey has been speaking up about the need for safety and asking for help, and he’s growing more confident and effective in his advocacy. He recently stood up in front of a room full of adults and said, “I have something to say,” and they listened. Trey was integral to the success of the For Every Kid campaign in 2016, which won $3.5 million for Safe Routes to School in the Portland-metro area. Now, he’s ready to take his message statewide to help kids in every school district in Oregon have a safe way to walk or bike to school.
You can help send Trey to Salem; to push our legislators to dedicate funding for Safe Routes to School for every kid in Oregon. Trey is ready, but he can’t do this without your support. Please donate today, because when our streets are safe enough for kids to walk and bike to school, they’re safe for all of us, regardless of how we get around.