Missouri Students Honored

Canton, MO – A portion of a NE Missouri highway has been named in honor of a group of Canton High School students. The stretch of U-S Highway 61 from LaGrange to Canton will now be known as S.M.A.R.T. Memorial Highway. S.M.A.R.T., which stands for Students of Missouri Assisting Rural and Urban Transportation, is a group that formed in 2000 after a Canton High School student was killed on the 2-lane highway. The organization has been working for years to make the road 4-lane through Lewis and Clark counties. S.M.A.R.T. community sponsor, Patti Meldrum, says the students would not take no for an answer during their efforts. Prior to the group forming, Highway 61 was not scheduled to be expanded to four lanes until 2020. Now, after years of the students lobbying state and federal lawmakers, the final 14 miles through Lewis and Clark counties are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2008.