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In addition to education efforts, communication and special events will be utilized to encourage walking and biking to school.
Upon review of the Howard-Suamico School District Safe Routes to School Parent Surveys one of the reasons parents do not allow their children to walk to school alone is concerns about their safety. To address this concern the district is promoting the Walking School Bus program and encourages parents to volunteer to form a Walking School Bus in their neighborhood.
A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school or as formal as a well-planned walking route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers.
Volunteers are encouraged to review the training provided by the National Center for Safe Routes to School in partnership with PedNet Coalition – a national leader in developing Walking School Bus programs – this training seeks to highlight important planning tips and strategies for planning a walking school bus program. Participants will gain an understanding of how to prepare, build momentum and launch a walking school bus program, including identifying community partners, and securing program funding.