WHAT IS A “WALKING” SCHOOL BUS?
A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults, following a fixed route and stopping to pick up students at set times along the way. It is like a carpool—without the car.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A WALKING SCHOOL BUS?
- Avoid traffic jams, save gas and help the environment
- Increase safety at the school (less cars)
- Safe and fun way to get exercise
- Help kids focus better in school
- Talk and connect with your child(ren) and neighbors
- Great way to get you going in the morning!
DOES DOLBEARE CURRENTLY HAVE A WALKING SCHOOL BUS?
Yes, we do! The Wakefield Climate Action Project and School Health Leadership Team have partnered with MassRIDES for this effort. Ideally three parents lead the group, with one being an alternate in case one of the lead parents cannot make it. Currently there is one bus called the “Lowell St. Bus.”
Lowell Street Bus:
Streets currently included are Wharton Park, Thorndike Street, Heritage Lane and Lowell St. Contact Sherri Carlson, 781-246-2106; email@example.com or Linda Powers, 781-224-0403 if you would like to join the bus. Following are the Lowell Street bus stops and route:
8:12 a.m. – Start at 21 Wharton Park
8:20 a.m. – Thorndike and Lowell Street
8:25 a.m. – 2 Heritage Lane and Lowell Street
8:30 a.m. - End at Dolbeare School
Parents can walk or drive their children to one of the stops along the way and join the walk or hand off their child(ren) to the leaders. Leaders are CORI checked and parents must agree to Ground Rules and fill out permission slips (visit www.wakefield.k12.ma.us and click on Dolbeare’s “Walking School Bus” link). More stops can be added as people join.
MORE LEADERS NEEDED!
If you enjoy morning walks, good company and avoiding traffic jams, and are willing to lead a bus in your neighborhood, please contact Sherri Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (781) 246-2106.