The Kalkaska Strong Project
Thanks to the Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and Cherry Capital Cycling Club, we launched Kalkaska Strong in the fall of 2019. The goal is to partner with local champions to weave a culture of health into the fabric of Kalkaska. Like you, we are committed to a healthier, happier, stronger Kalkaska.
The following links open as PDFs in Google Docs.
- Kick-off Meeting Notes – Community meeting of October 9, 2019.
- Walking Audit – A summary of findings of a walk audit from Birch St. to Cherry and ending at the Public Libary.
- Safe Route Survey Summary I – Combined results of 226 student responses.
- Safe Route Survey Summary II – Combined results of 29 parent responses.
- Transportation Plans Summary – A summary of plans related to Pro Walk/Pro Bike.
Kids learning to move and moving to learn. They are physically active as part of ordinary life – like going to school or the park or the library or the beach – and inspiring their parents, teachers, principals, neighbors to do the same. This is a powerful means of sustainable community health.
Organized sports and recreation are part of the solution, but Norte works to integrate walking and biking into daily routines. We’ve seen this empower young people to be independent, happy, confident, and ready to learn. With this strength, they become guardians of their health, develop lifelong habits to move more and sit less and be leaders in their community.
Norte’s youth-centered, active transportation-focused, the neighborhood-based model combines four interconnected initiatives to engage, empower and motivate young people – and those who love them.
- Safe Routes to School: Encouragement and educational programs empowering students to walk or bike themselves to school.
- Pro Walk/Pro Bike Advocacy: Building stronger, better connected, and more walk/bike-friendly communities.
- Youth mountain bike team: Developing confidence, independence and grit by way of pedal-powered adventures in our northern Michigan forests.
- Youth leadership council: Assisting self-directed young people to speak up, stand up, get involved and do good in their community.
The Kalkaska Strong is a two-year project to strengthen the community. Together, we can empower kids to get off the couch, off their screens, and outside. The project will help build a stronger, better connected and more walk/bike-friendly Kalkaska.
Our Local Project Team is made up of 60+ awesome people and growing. Join us!
The Community Partners
- Kalkaska Public Schools
- Village of Kalkaska
- Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
- Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
- Cherry Capital Cycling Club
- District Health Department #10
- Kalkaska Memorial Health Center
- New Lyfe Restorations
- Kalkaska DDA
- Kalkaska Commission On Aging
- Kalkaska County Library
- Academia Club in Kalkaska
- Kalkaska Conservation District
Being a Kalkaska Strong Community Partner is both easy and rewarding. Community partners commit to supporting efforts for a healthier, more walkable and bikeable Kalkaska.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your organization, business or event added to the list.
Change is local. It begins on your street. We have developed a grassroots method that recruits, trains, and empowers neighborhood champions to take the lead and be the change they wish to see.
If you are passionate about happy, healthy, ready to learn kids and a stronger, better connected, more walk/bike-friendly Suttons Bay, then we need you. You can start by providing your experience and perspective in our Community Walk, Bike Survey.