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Students walking to their elementary school don't have to go it alone in two Henry County, Iowa school districts. This spring, the districts initiated what's called a walking school bus. The idea is to allow children to walk to school safely. One or more adult volunteers go door to door "picking up" participating students. They walk together as a group to and from school.

It's been going on this spring in both the WACO and Winfield-Mt. Union school districts through a partnership with the Healthy Henry County Communities program. WACO’s walking school bus program had a route in Crawfordsville on Mondays and Wednesdays with eight kids participating. Winfield-Mt. Union started with three different routes in Winfield on Wednesdays and had 25 kids participating. Volunteers went through a background check and were given reflective vests and whistles. The kids were given stickers to identify them as part of the program. 

Both schools are already working on lining up additional volunteers to add more days in the fall and expand this program to more schools in Henry County.

For more information about walking school bus programs in general visit: http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/walking_school_bus/index.cfm.



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