Throwback: Safe Routes to School 2011

This video was created in 2011 by the great parents at Clairemont Elementary to celebrate their six years of Safe Routes to School. In 2011 the school was recognized by the GA Safe Routes Resource Center. It still gives me the chills every time I watch it.

Enjoy seeing children and adults celebrating walking to school!

Walking School Bus at Oakhurst

The children at Oakhurst Elementary really know how to do a walking school bus!! As you may know, Oakhurst was also the GA Safe Routes to School Resource Center Partner of the Year for the Metro area in 2015. 60% of the students walk or bike to school every day. We are proud of all of our schools in Decatur for encouraging children to walk and bike and keeping them safe. 
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Join Us For the Dedication of the Beacon Municipal Center

Beacon Municipal Center Dedication flyer

SLOW DOWN: Wednesday is International Walk & Roll to School Day!


SLOW DOWN and watch for even more children than usual walking and biking to school on Wednesday!

Children in the City of Decatur will join millions of children worldwide by participating in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Our schools will join other Georgia schools across the state that are participating in the event.  International Walk to School Day is held each fall to remind students, parents, and communities about the many benefits of walking and biking to school.  “No matter the reason: to improve students’ physical health, to teach pedestrian safety skills, to impact air quality, to build a stronger community, or to simply have fun, any school in Georgia can find a way to participate in this event ,” said Patti Sistrunk, Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center Manager.  “It’s a great way to get the new school year started on the right ‘foot’!”

The City of Decatur has had an active, award winning SRTS program since 2005. The program won the 2008 Golden Shoe Award from PEDS for Pedestrian Friendly School System and the 2011 GRPA Publication Award. The Decatur SRTS program is managed by the Active Living Division with the help of the FABULOUS Parent Champions at each school. For more information on the City of Decatur program, visit

Safe Routes to School Statewide Forum Friday in Decatur

srts forum flyer

Want to learn more about the Safe Routes to School Program in Georgia? Attend the FREE forum this Friday, June 6 to be held at Decatur High School. Registration and information is here. Decatur will be well represented. We will be sharing ideas and getting new ones from our counterparts throughout the state.

Decatur Bulldog Basketball Community Night is Friday

2013-2014 DHS Basketball Promo Photo

The Community is Invited to the Decatur Bulldog Basketball Community Night on Friday, November 20

The Decatur High School Basketball Coaches invite the community to the third annual Decatur Bulldog Basketball Community Night at the Decatur High School Gymnasium this Friday night, November 22, at 6 PM.

  • This is a free, fun-filled event celebrating the beginning of the high school basketball season.
  • Come meet the 2013-2014 Decatur High Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball players and coaches.
  • Watch Decatur High students play their teachers in the annual Student-Faculty game.
  • Watch faculty from the different schools battle each other in the Schools Skills Competition.
  • Win game jerseys, tickets and other prizes in competitions for all ages. 

Bring your family; bring your friends. If you’ve never seen the new Decatur High Gym, that alone is worth the trip! Join the fun this Friday night at the Decatur High Gym, 310 N. McDonough Street.

City Schools Open Thursday: Let’s All Slow Down and Keep Our Children Safe

school xingThe City Schools of Decatur open on Thursday, August 1.  Please be very careful on your way to work and during the day to watch for children and parents on their way to school.

Note the school hours below as this will affect enforcement of school safety zones.

Here’s the schedule for all the schools.

  • Pre-K at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • K-3 at Oakhurst and Winnona Park Elementary Schools, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • K-3 at Clairemont and Glennwood Elementary Schools, 8:10 a.m.-2:40 p.m.
  • 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue, 7:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Renfroe Middle School,  8:40 a.m.-3:40 p.m.
  • Decatur High School and Decatur Career Academy, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Let’s all slow down and keep our children safe!

Bicycle Safely to School

crossing to schoolParents, please help your children to bicycle safely to school by following this simple rule:

When children and parents approach a crosswalk (crossing guard present) on a bicycle they should dismount and walk across the street. If they stay on their bikes they will be considered a vehicle and they will have to obey all traffic laws, such as stopping at stop signs, yielding, riding with traffic, etc. This is for the safety of both the children and the guard.

We look forward to working with all the schools this year  through the Safe Routes to School Program. All the schools have a school Champion. Let them know if you are interested in serving ont he SRTS committee and/or volunteering to help with events or walking with children in the Walking School Buses. For more info on SRTS click here.

Inaugural Girls Basketball Camp Held at Decatur High School

Decatur Active Living in collaboration with Decatur High School Girls Basketball program held the Inaugural Girls Basketball Camp at Decatur High School last week. Head Coach Bill Roberts and Assistant Coach Mudd offered fundamental instructions to twenty young players.  Look for this camp to expand next summer as girls basketball continues to grow in Decatur. This past season Decatur Active had over 40 young players participating in league play.  Pictured below are some of the young lady campers in action:    


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Decatur Local Clarence Scott Inducted into the 2012 Cleveland Browns Legends


Decatur native, Clarence Scott was recently inducted into the Cleveland Browns Legends in recognition of his 13-year career with the Browns.   Scott, 63 played fro the Browns from 1971 to 1983, appearing in 186 games (178 straight).  He recorded 39 career interceptions, the third most in club history, and helped the Browns win two division titles.  Scott, part of the last class at Decatur’s all black Trinity High School in 1967, went to Kansas State before the SEC integrated.  Scott became an All- American at Kansas State in 1970. 

The franchise created the Cleveland Browns Legends program in 2001 to honor former players who have made a major impact on the organization.  Clarence Scott was inducted into the Decatur High School Wall of Fame in 2011.