January 26, 2015 by Steve Fuller
ELLSWORTH — The city’s K-8 school was recently awarded funding to start a program that encourages students to walk to and from school, rather than take the bus.
The $5,000 grant comes from the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which works with both the Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention and Maine Department of Transportation on what is known as the “Walking School Bus” program.
On the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School Facebook page, officials reported that the school “will be forming safe routes, training volunteers and encouraging students that live within walking distance to join a walking school bus in their neighborhood.” Students who participate also will receive rewards.
Dave Norwood, the K-4 physical education teacher at EEMS and the coordinator for the school’s Walking School Bus program, said in an email that the walking distance is defined as “within a one-mile radius” of the school.
The school said that “each walking school bus will be led by adult volunteers.”
A meeting on the subject of the Walking School Bus program will be held Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at EEMS. Parents and interested community members are invited to attend.
A representative from the Bicycle Coalition will be there to answer questions and gather feedback from those in attendance.
For more information, contact Norwood via email at email@example.com, or call the school at 667-6241.