- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Public Schools has received a donation totaling more than $200,000 to keep students safe while they travel to and from school.

The money donated Thursday by AAA of Michigan will be used to enhance the safety of students. Efforts include coordinated safety zones, blight removal and signage. It also allows for the addition of 10 volunteer vehicle patrols and equip them with identification badges, reflective vests, two-way radios and gas expenses.

The Safe Routes to School strategy is a citywide effort that focuses on prevention, intervention, enforcement and re-entry. It directly supports the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.

AAA donated $56,000 to support Safe Routes last year, when it only covered 14 school zones. The program has since expanded to include all 97 school campuses.

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