Healthy Schools

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

The 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 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Grand Marais at City Hall. 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 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.” A 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 Andrea Orest, SHIP Coordinator, at or 218-387-2330.

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. ISD 166 passed a new school wellness policy at the start of 2018.