Two area schools will now have safe, walkable routes due to grants awarded to the Crim Fitness Foundation on Wednesday. The just over $400,000 will go towards improving walking conditions near and around Potter Elementary School and the International Academy of Flint.

According to a news release from the City of Flint the grants were awarded by he Michigan Department of Transportation and go towards the creation of safe, accessible routes to school for children. Just over $240,000 will go towards physical improvements to the area near Potter Elementary while $176,000 will go towards infrastructure improvements near International Academy of Flint. Work is scheduled for the summer of 2016. Each of the schools will also receive an additional $7,997 to fund related programming and education.

Of the news, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said "this is a chance for us to work together to support our schools, neighborhoods and kids by increasing safety and improving our infrastructure. These are the types of coordinated projects envisioned in the Master Plan."