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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The school bus that runs on sneakers and snow boots

The Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis was excited when it gained a designated community school in 2009. For many children, this meant attending a school closer to home, just one of the many benefits of a neighborhood school. For one group of active parents, the boundary change meant the option to walk their kids to school, which would save the district money on transportation costs. As their walk to school efforts gained support from the principal, staff and more families, Lyndale Community School was awarded a National Center for Safe Routes to School mini-grant, only one of 25 schools nationwide. This grant paved the way for more kids and parents and led to the development of four “walking school buses” with designated routes and assigned adult volunteers.

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