East End Community School - Walking School Bus Program
The East End Community School's Walking School Bus (WSB) Program runs a daily walking school bus program, in which groups of children are walked to school each morning by trained adult volunteers. The school receives technical and financial assistance from the statewide Maine Walking School Bus Program; funding supports a WSB Coordinator within the school, safety equipment, marketing materials and ongoing guidance from program staff.
A Walking School Bus (WSB):
- is a healthy, cost effective addition to a school transportation system in which groups of children are walked to school each morning by trained adult volunteers
- helps ensure students get some physical activity at the beginning of their day and adult volunteers help ensure that the kids are safe.
- is a model program that runs across the country
- has documented success in improving student learning and behavior; providing regular physical activity; improving traffic congestion, safety, and air quality; and fostering community connections and reducing absenteeism.