walking school bus

PM Newscast October 29, 2014

Oct 29, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including;

  • Police body camera footage piles up
  • MU Provost candidate holds forum
  • Walking School Bus program needs funding
  • "One Ferguson" looks to end communal tension

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A new program offers Missouri elementary students a healthy transportation alternative.

The Walking School Bus program allows students to exercise on their way to school. Missouri Safe Routes to School coordinator Jeff Cremer says the program works like normal bus transportation.

“The Walking School Bus program works similar to a regular school bus,” Cremer said. “Instead of riding in a bus, they’re walking to school and getting some exercise and having a good time on their way to school.”

When Dr. Robert Zarr wanted a young patient to get more exercise, he gave her an unusual prescription: Get off the bus to school earlier.

"She has to take a bus to the train, then a train to another bus, then that bus to her school," says Zarr, a pediatrician at Unity Health Care, a clinic that serves low-income and uninsured families in Washington, D.C. So the prescription read: "Walk the remaining four blocks on the second bus on your route to school from home, every day."

Kirksville looks to implement walking school bus

Nov 4, 2013
children walk to school
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Kirksville students may have another way of getting to and from school next year.