Volunteer in Spokane: Walking School Bus Program

Walking School Bus Photo from Ped Net Website

Walking School Bus Photo from Ped Net Website

After months of planning in the Washington Bikes’ Spokane office, Walking School Bus training gets underway this month. The Eastern Washington Ped Net training will prepare school leaders to create a Walking School Bus program in select Spokane schools this year.

This is an exciting time for people in Spokane who look forward to seeing more area youth staying healthy by getting more physical activity in their day– and reducing traffic congestion at school.

Volunteer with Us

If you’d like to get involved in the 2014-2015 Spokane Walking School Bus program, contact Kate, Washington Bikes’ School and Family Programs Coordinator, kate@WAbikes.org.

This year our Spokane Walking School Bus programs are planned to take place at the following three Spokane public schools: Holmes Elementary, Bemiss Elementary and Stevens Elementary. Our ideal volunteer is one who can feasibly walk to one of these schools and meet the volunteer criteria as described by Spokane Public Schools. Our goal is to get as many parents of students at these schools involved as possible. If you live in the neighborhood of one of these schools and would like to participate in our Walking School Bus Volunteer Orientation this September, please contact us.

Mark your calendars and join community members for the kick-off of the Walking School Bus at Holmes Elementary School in Spokane’s historic, West-Central neighborhood on National Walk to School Day on October 8, 2014. (Holmes Elementary Website to feature this item in the coming months) Here is a link to information on National Walk to School Day 

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This program works in collaboration with the National Center for Safe Routes to School — an organization that provides educational resources for school and communities throughout the U.S. including a webinar coming up Wednesday, August 27, on strategies to keep your school crossing guard programs healthy and strong.

Helmets for Children in Need

Washington Bikes’ Spokane office is partnering with Providence Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital and community volunteer-policing agencies to acquire and distribute free helmets to students in need. We plan to have helmets available at participating schools on National Walk to School Day on October 8 and also at events during Bike to School day in May, 2015.

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