Safe Routes is growing in Salem-Keizer School District! Recently, the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments and Salem-Keizer School District hired Tania Perfecto as a SRTS Program Assistant to help expand outreach and engagement in the community. We asked Tania some questions to learn a bit more about her. 

– Name, title, and organization 

                Tania Perfecto, Program Assistant, Salem-Keizer Safe Routes to School. 

– What made you want to become a SRTS practitioner? 

                Professionally, I saw an opportunity to practice administration and advocacy in a program that provides services to the community. Personally, as a mom of a toddler who will be attending school himself very soon, I saw this as an opportunity to learn. It’s not easy sending your kiddo off to school in today’s social climate. So, I hope that partnering with schools and working with families and students directly can positively impact the way I take care of my own family. 

– What are you most excited about for the upcoming school year? 

                I am excited to be able to provide services to all our public schools. I have a special place in my heart for educators and students, so I really value the collaboration between SRTS and Salem-Keizer Public Schools. 

– Do you have any favorite memories of walking or rolling to school? 

                I rode the school bus throughout elementary and middle school. Then, as a freshman in high school, a bus was no longer available to me. I was forced to walk to and from school. At first, I didn’t like the idea, but when I realized how many of my friends had to walk home too it became something I looked forward to every day. Rain or shine. 

Welcome, Tania! We are excited to work with you and continue promoting advocacy in SRTS!