This guest blog post was authored by Rob Castaneda (pictured). He's the executive director of the local nonprofit, Beyond the Ball.
For me, the Safe Routes to School program is more than just looking how kids feel when they are walking to school. It also includes what the culture is around a school, the environment.
I don’t just mean just on the school campus. What does the corner store look like across the street from the school? What do the buildings look like, is there gang graffiti all over them, are they run down, are the front yards overgrown?
It’s the environment as a whole. And all the time. Not just in the morning when kids are going to school or in the afternoon when they’re getting out of school.
I run a non-profit called Beyond the Ball — we do...