One of the most exciting times for a child is when mom and dad let them start walking or riding their bike to school with their friends. Many parents are reluctant to do so for fear of the safety concerns that arise when their children are of age to have these privileges. Providing a safe and fun environment for our children to walk or ride to school safely can help alleviate parents’ reluctance to let them go. This is where the worries end and the Walking School Bus Program begins.
A walking school bus is a group of children walking or biking to school with one or more adults as chaperones. A carpool without a car, the walking school bus has the added benefit of physical activity, and has shown to improve attendance among students.
J.T. McWilliams Elementary in Las Vegas kicked off their Walking School Bus Program on November 9, 2015. Twelve parents volunteered to be “bus drivers” on three identified routes. The goal is to continue to expand each route to have additional “stops” so more children can participate. AAA Nevada has partnered with McWilliams Elementary to incorporate a Junior Safety Patrol component to the Walking School Bus Program. In addition, they have agreed to support McWilliams with volunteers, incentives, and a training program for 4th and 5th graders that are interested in learning more about pedestrian and bicycle safety. Student leaders will be able teach pedestrian and bicycle safety to other students.
For more information about the Walking School Bus Program, please visit http://www.walkingschoolbus.org/