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Brilliant Concept: The 'Walking School Bus'

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Like many schools, the Cincinnati Public School District is facing cutbacks. Cuts in bus funding mean that elementary students would have to live over a mile away from their school to ride the bus.

parent walking with child to school

In response, Rockdale Academy has introduced the concept of the "walking school bus."
"A 'walking school bus' is basically getting volunteers to come out and escort children to school," Rockdale Academy principal Cheron Reid tells WCPO.

Adult volunteers will either walk with children to school or be stationed at strategic locations throughout the neighborhood. Volunteers will have to pass background checks and will be equipped with walkie-talkies to report potential problems or emergencies.

What do you think of the "walking school bus"?

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
renee June 27, 2010, 7:14 PM

it will work until the weather gets bad and people stop volunteering.and what is the big deal about walking to school,we did and it was everyone a mile away,k thru 12th grades.

not-a-parent June 28, 2010, 6:51 PM

i think it’s great! (except for, yea, the weather part) but other than that, it keeps the kids safe, and gets them to EXERCISE (even if it’s just walking)

Cynthia June 29, 2010, 9:35 AM

Brilliant! I think its a great idea. Plus it gets parents or guardians more involved. Plus things are not how they used to be and there are even more dangers than there were when we were kids. So for every one that says “Well I used to do it whats the big deal?” … you need to open your eyes and be more aware and watch the news a little!

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