Walking School Bus

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COLUMBIA - The "Walking School Bus" program began its spring semester Monday morning, a week later than originally planned. Snowy sidewalks prevented PedNet's elementary-school program from beginning on March 4. Despite the delayed start, the program will run through May 9.

The "Walking School Bus" program allows school children the opportunity to incorporate exercise into their daily routines each morning and afternoon. According to PedNet's website, more than 400 students participate in the program, with roughly 150 adult supervisors. All of the supervisors are required to undergo a training session, criminal background checks and dedicate at least two days each week to the program.

The following Columbia schools participate in the program:

  • Derby Ridge Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Grant Elementary
  • Lee Elementary
  • Mill Creek Elementary
  • Parkade Elementary
  • Paxton Keeley Elementary
  • Shepard Boulevard Elementary
  • West Boulevard Elementary

The program aims to increase the amount of exercise for children. According to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, nearly half of the country's children walked or biked to school in 1969. Today, however, less than 15 percent of students do the same.

Click here to learn more about the program or to register a child or an adult volunteer.