USD 410 plans to launch its new “Walking School Bus” program next month and organizers are looking for more adult volunteers to make it successful.
The inaugural run is planned for Tuesday morning, March 26, after the completion of spring break week.
Evan Yoder, Hillsboro Elementary School principal, said the primary job description of adult volunteers is to escort the children participating in the program as they walk to school.
“We don’t necessarily need someone to volunteer for every day of the week, but they could volunteer for one or two days each week and we’d find other people for the other days,” Yoder said.
A Walking School Bus route has been finalized. It will begin at Trinity Mennonite Church along Elm Street on the west side of Hillsboro. The “bus” will proceed north along Elm Street to Grand Avenue, then turn east along Grand all the way to Adams Street, then one block south to A Street for the final two blocks to the elementary school.
Along the route, additional children can get on board by meeting the bus at designated stops.
Some adult volunteers will need to meet at Trinity Church for a 7 a.m. start; others could join the group along the way as additional children get on board and more escorts are needed.
At this point the district plans to offer only a morning route. Yoder said an after-school route could be offered later if logistics allow.
A training session for volunteers is planned for March 14. Adults can attend the session to find out more about the program, then decide if they want to sign on, Yoder said.
Volunteers will need to fill out a brief application and sign a release authorizing the KBI to conduct a routine background check.
“All our employees have to do that,” Yoder said about the background check. “We think it’s a good thing to do for something like this.”
To express interest in volunteering, or for more information about the program, contact Yoder or project directors Eileen Butler or Doug Dick at 620-947-3981.