By Kirk Stevens
At a Meade County Commission meeting Wednesday, a grant for $298,379 was awarded by South Dakota's Transportation Alternative Program to help build walking paths for kids to Blackhawk Elementary School.
The new sidewalks will be placed along Elm St. and Seeaire St., and the existing sidewalk on Peaceful Pines Road will also get a facelift.
Blackhawk Elementary School principal Holly Yamada says that in addition to safety, its important for children to have a healthy option for getting to school, "We really want to encourage our kids to be healthy, active and physical and outside so they are participating in the community and they have the opportunity to walk or ride their bikes to school on a regular basis."
As part of the request for the grant, Meade County also contributed a 20% match of $65,720 for the project.
The county hopes to break ground on the new sidewalks in the spring of 2015.