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Walking School Bus Stepped Off on Earth Day Morning

by Yvette Cain
April 23, 2019

Mae Errickson, Abby Berkov, Margaret Morton, and Brody Cashman, along with their police escort, are ready to 'board the walkinig school bus' at the Holliston Baptist Church.

With the sun rising brightly through the trees, a few of Holliston’s Miller School students hiked through the Willow Brook Farm horse corrals to the rail trail and on to school.  Another group met at the Baptist Church to trek to school together.

A dozen intrepid students and a half dozen parent “bus drivers” took their morning walk accompanied by conversation, birdsong, and good exercise.  This was the first in a series of Monday mornings that the walking school bus will “operate.”  Holliston is among many other cities and towns around the country that explore options to counteract the growing decline of children walking and biking to school.  The walking school bus is only one initiative recommended by the National Safe Routes to School.

The two “bus routes” used for the first day left from Willow Brook Farm on Rt. 16, travelling the rail trail, and the Baptist church on High Street, using sidewalks.  Holliston Police helped with crossings on Route 16 and Railroad Street.  Crossing guards at Central and Church aided the walkers as well. 

Students arrived at Miller School as some yellow school buses were dropping off their charges.  Principal David Keim met students, along with Tina Hein, who coordinated this initiative. All students melded together—a viewer could not see by naked eye the fact that some arriving students had, perhaps, benefitted from their increased movement with health benefits and increased focus for their work ahead.

Because of the maiden voyage on Earth Day, we should also mention the environmental benefit of the walking bus:  reducing the number of cars on the road, making it safer for all students.  As of January 2019, 25% of Miller students are delivered to school by car.  With the pilot program on Monday, Holliston is now eligible to take advantage of a state grant through the Safe Routes to School program supporting infrastructure improvements of walk-ability and biking that benefit all residents. 

For more pictures of the 'school buses' click here -> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10157176296579140&type=3&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDuYJHO6jkjb1HUF_pG4ZSYmBa9PoUdDR8uo5zTRhj1UvURF6yDoEXptDT4XWQwLyiJQyRkAPC7glbis4_DZyCe4U9VojT_667E19pRrAReJDUQn7e8sI93POG8cZ_mF83Q7rwbjhEm1700iUxoZOZjA3yNaQbk9IZhqQG0I3I2fA5DRqtw_vIHxgmJINziErvGr_WmFzHT-KiDZ4Oxr5ZWPf7qWR8SbcR_Hl61Yt0kcY40a_2QDQEXnUd5k-kz4CJiBTZsdHVk6gyZl-bP1xNED4_K_9o2L4wukngHnE4jipcpvkzlbeOUWIL34UxYWYKo1oyrLDjZJWwaZHNm1O9-4HHlSW5UhTMUD_CZx7YdQ0TBVTrH9DuWqWz1YzIV_IC_xzLnybIxHcPIExn8KUjty0HzpE_riUgIAqkArOxhOXUDAyYyC5PPUYJDopWrCDmGsuM&__tn__=-UC-R

If you are interested in being a part of upcoming Monday walking school bus experiences, please sign up using the link below:

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10C0548ADAC2EA7F58-sign?

 

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