When the MPO’s school transportation working group (STWG) heard of a parent-led walking school bus called Palma Ceia Sidewalks Stompers they knew they needed to learn more. A handful of parents from Roosevelt Elementary were frustrated with hazards their children faced on daily walks to school. In response, Sidewalk Stompers was born where parent volunteers round up students and walk as a group to school…forming a walking school bus. Co-founder, Emily Hindsdale got things started with “Walk to School Wednesdays.” The event has created an exciting buzz with students carrying handmade signs and rewards and prizes being donated to the walkers.
The STWG had to see the event firsthand and took a field trip to join a Walk to School Wednesday. The experience was a lesson in seeing the unsafe traffic conditions and lack of sidewalks students face. School Board and STWG chair, Cindy Stuart added, “I am excited to see a school taking action to map safe walking routes for students. Educating students and parents on walking safely is a healthy way to start the school day.” View the field trop video.
In a related story on ABC Action News involving school safety, the Palma Ceia Sidewalk Stompers were featured along with State Representative Jackeline Toledo about new legislation to address safety issues facing our communities.
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