On the first day of school, Briargate Elementary School students who walk to school had the pleasure of being escorted by volunteer parents, school staff, community members and the FBISD Chief of Police. Despite the early morning rain, Briargate kicked off its “Walking School Bus” program to safely guide students along busy neighborhood streets leading to the school.
The “Walking School Bus” was formed to offer assistance to students who do not receive bus service, but either walk or ride bicycles to school. Each day, groups of students will be escorted to and from school by trained adult volunteers. The volunteers can rotate days or adjust their schedules, as long as there is an adult present along the walk.
“The majority of our students walk to school,” said Valerie Maclin, Briargate Elementary School Principal, “and by implementing the Walking School Bus program, we can ensure that students arrive to school and back home safely.”
During a pre-walk event at a nearby storefront, Maclin greeted guests and thanked them for their role in ensuring the safety of students. FBISD Chief of Police David Rider offered safety tips, such walking on sidewalks and avoiding secluded areas and shortcuts. Maclin and Rider then led children and parents in the “Walking School Bus” back to the campus for the start of the school day.