October 28, 2010
A BIG EVENT is coming to Clark Elementary School at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 2, with the grand launch of the Clark Elementary Walking Bus!
The Clark Elementary Walking Bus is a ‘safe-routes to school’ project that was recommended by parents as a result of the Neighborhood Planning Academy hosted at the school last spring in partnership with the OU Urban Design Studio. Parents expressed concerns about the safety of students who must walk to and from school, citing car traffic and inclement weather as barriers. The Walking Bus project will serve students who walk to and from school because they live too near the school to qualify for bus transportation.
Simply put, a walking bus is a group of kids who walk to school together accompanied by adults. The Clark Elementary Walking Bus will be led by a bright red and yellow banner as it collects children on their way to school each morning, and helps them walk back home at the end of the school day. The adult bus ‘drivers’ will be parents and school partners who volunteer for the experience. Students will range from pre-kindergarten 4-year-olds to 5th grade students.
Parents and school staff expect that the Walking Bus will encourage and improve on-time attendance for students who walk the quarter-to-half mile to and from school each day. Most importantly, it will insure safety for students in the midst of daily car traffic, and offer them the protection of caring adults and a friendly group of fellow students on days when the weather is bad.
The Walking Bus will hold its Grand Launch next Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 with the bus banner, balloons, and invited VIP guests from the Union Public School district, OU Urban Design Studio, the school’s PTA, and school partners, including the Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (TACSI), the Tulsa Y, and City of Tulsa Hicks Park Community Center.
Clark is a community school, part of the Community Service Council's Tulsa Area Community Schools Initiative (TACSI).