Believe it or not, kids are going back to school in 19 days!

So the city is making sure they get there safely throughout the school year.

The city recently got a 1 Million dollar Safe Schools Grant and they're using the money to make improvements around city schools, to help keep kids safe as they walk to school.

Half of the money is being used for sidewalk repairs, with the rest going toward school zone signage, updating pedestrian signals, and improving crosswalks to make them more visible, “There's a lot of practical things we can do, so we're trying to figure out what are the most important ones and do those first,” said Erie Mayor Joe Schember.

“The majority of our students do walk to school, so anything we can do to raise awareness to those intersections and along those walking routes will go a long way to improving the safety,” said Erie Schools Superintendent Brian Polito. “This is the first time that I can remember that the city was successful in receiving so much money to help improve safety around the city for our students, and we're really appreciative of the partnership and the great things it's going to help us do for our kids,” Polito continued.

The grant money will also purchase new gear for crossing guards. Speaking of, the city is looking for crossing guards to sign up, you'll work 45 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon. Pay is 18 dollars a day, and you have to pass background checks. Contact Stan Tuznik with Erie police at 870-1193 if you're interested.