What if there was a way to energize your day, get fit and combat childhood obesity, talk and connect with your child and neighbors, save money on gas, avoid traffic jams and help the environment—all at the same time? The simple act of walking your child to school can accomplish that and more. Many people remember a time when walking or biking to school was the norm rather than the exception. Factors such as concern for safety and lack of time have caused a steady decline to a current low of about 10 percent.
The innovative concept of a walking school bus addresses such issues. A walking school bus is a group of children accompanied by one or more adults on the walk to or from school. The group may meet at one place and walk together or children may be “picked up” at their homes or at spots along the way.
Wakefield Climate Action Project (WCAP) Transportation Action Team will meet on Tuesday, August 26 at 7pm in the downstairs Lecture Hall of the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library to plan a pilot elementary level walking program, possibly at the Dolbeare beginning this fall. Parents, caregivers and concerned citizens are welcome to attend. Contact Sherri Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 246-2106 with any questions or if you cannot attend the meeting but would like to help.
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