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Walk to School Week Kicks Off with Walking School Buses

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

On Tuesday, May 9, YNDC and the City of Youngstown kicked off Walk to School Week by holding the first Walking School Bus at Williamson Elementary School.  A Walking School Bus is a group of students that meet along the school route to safely walk to school together.  The mayor, city officials, police officers, parents, and transportation planners from Eastgate Regional Council of Governments joined the students in walking to school. Students that participated will be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet. Walking School Bus events are scheduled for McGuffey and Taft Elementary Schools later this week and all Walking School Buses will continue at each school throughout the rest of the school year. Walk to School Week is part of the Safe Routes to School program which seeks to increase safety through infrastructure improvements and educational programming. As part of the program, deteriorated and non-existing sidewalks and curb ramps will be installed around Taft Elementary this summer with improvements planned for Harding, Williamson, and McGuffey Elementary Schools within the next two years.