Presentation on theme: "Created by: The Cedar Rapids Walking School Bus Committee."— Presentation transcript:
Created by: The Cedar Rapids Walking School Bus Committee
A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to and/or from school with two or more adults VIDEO VIDEO
Promotes a healthy lifestyle Teaches traffic safety Increases self confidence and a sense of responsibility Improves learning Develops social skills Instills a sense of community Reduces traffic congestion Creates a cleaner environment FUN!!!
Participants register for the WSB Two or more trained adult volunteers “drive” the bus Routes are set on commonly used paths to school Routes include one or more designated stops where students may join the bus Bus driver tracks attendance
A WSB is one of the programs that may be implemented at a school to help become a designated Blue Zones School® Promotes Blue Zones Power 9® principles ◦ Move naturally ◦ Sense of Purpose ◦ Social Connectedness WSB Committee ◦ Useful resource to assist with starting a WSB
Cedar Rapids Walking School Bus Committee Start planning early Contact the city Public Works Department for route concerns/hazards Reach out to community-based groups for volunteers/assistance Market your program to both students and their parents Educate the parents of benefits of WSB ◦ Parents are in routine of driving their children to school **
Recruit committee members who are committed and enthusiastic Provide incentives for participants Reward and recognize volunteers Schedule local “celebrities” to walk with the bus Evaluate your program to identify potential improvements MAKE IT FUN!!!
Contact Cedar Rapids WSB Committee ◦ Co-Chairs Karla Underwood Cari Pauli