“Walking school buses” — kids walking home with an adult volunteer — are catching on from Iowa to Rhode Island, reports AP.
As 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 accompanying them prodded, “What’s the rule?”
“Behind the line!” they said in unison, as they stepped back from the edge of the curb and waited for the walk signal
“Walking school buses are . . . seen as a way to fight childhood obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that kids get to school safely.”
About a third of children who live within a mile of school walk to school, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Walking is increasing.
In the baby boom days, we all walked to school — without an adult — from kindergarten on. Uphill both ways, of course.