More students are taking the walking bus
So-called "walking" school buses are becoming more popular.
A growing number of children are walking with their classmates and an adult volunteer to and from school. Walking school buses are seen as a way to fight childhood obesity. They also improve attendance rates and ensure that kids get to school safely.
Recently, a group of children walked home together from school in Providence. They held hands and played the "I Spy" guessing game. When they reached a busy intersection, an adult prodded, "What's the rule?"
"Behind the line!" they said in unison. Then they stepped back from the edge of the curb and waited for the walk signal.
Shortly after, the group stopped in front of 8-year-old Jaiden Guzman's house. He said goodbye and raced to his front door. His mother waved and the walking school bus continued on its way.
The program manager is Allyson Trenteseaux. She said she mends relationships among the kids and builds relationships while they walk.
Last year, 11 of the 14 students who participated attended school more often. The program now has a waiting list.