Healthy Schools

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic supports healthy schools and students through Safe Routes to School work, school wellness committees, and other local initiatives.

The Cook County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Committee meets quarterly with the local Active Living Steering Committee (August, November, January, and April) in Grand Marais. The Active Living Steering Committee convenes the first Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. via Zoom. In 2015, the Committee updated the Safe Routes to School Plan, which was adopted by ISD 166/Cook County Schools and Great Expectations School, and supported by the Grand Marais City Council and the Cook County Board with motions of support.

The local SRTS Program includes in-school bike education, an annual bike safety rodeo, year-round infrastructure maintenance plans for the school zones, community education, and many other initiatives to meet the vision of the committee: “Children are walking and biking safely, achieved through a supportive partnership between families, community, and schools.” The committee also provides a Safe Routes to School Map for families to use in planning walking routes.  An SMC staff person serves as Safe Routes to School Coordinator, with support from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership through Healthy Northland. For more information, contact Betsy Blume, SHIP Coordinator, at or (218) 387-2330.

Information regarding the impact created in Cook County by the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership and the Safe Routes to School Committee has been released.  The information was collected from Parent Surveys, Student Travel Tallies, and direct observation. SRTS 2020 Survey Results

The local SRTS committee, the assistance from MnDOT and ARDC, has updated our SRTS plan.  After months of work with numerous local community members, stakeholders, and Sawtooth Elementary and Great Expectations School, you can view our updated SRTS plan here. 

Cook County SRTS has a Facebook page you can follow for learning opportunities, local events, and information on Walk and Roll Wednesdays.  This is a parent-led walk to school group that leads a group walk each week on Wednesdays throughout most of the school year.  This group provides adult supervision to kids interested in walking to school from predetermined locations on the Safe Routes to School map.  If you are interested in getting your child involved or would like to be a parent volunteer, please contact Betsy Blume, SHIP Coordinator, at or (218) 877-8262.

Sawtooth Mountain Clinic has supported school wellness efforts through a variety of programs over the years, from school gardens to healthier school meals to active school days. A representative of the clinic sits on the ISD 166/Cook County School Wellness Committee and the Great Lunch Committee at Great Expectations School.

Check out our improved SRTS Bike Fleet!  Click here for more information.