A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. If that sounds simple, it is, and that’s part of the beauty of the walking school bus. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school; or as structured as a route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers.
June brings final exams for students of all ages. Watching children go through this ritual can be as stressful for parents as for the students themselves. And that can be difficult. We want to get involved, to make sure they’re learning what they need to learn and that they understand all the implications of every fact they’re collecting.
While many parents are relieved that their children are back in school, balancing a family’s varying schedules can be near impossible. Soccer, hockey, dance, skating, Brownies, Scouts, skiing, swimming, school activities, homework, not to mention play and sleep time, fill our children’s lives. Now add in the parental activities, including work, fitness, volunteering, and home maintenance and well, 24-hours just doesn’t seem to be enough.
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