Walking School Bus returns Sept. 7

Allison Ullmann - Staff

Kids will once again be walking to school together as the Walking School Bus returns for the fall season on Friday, Sept. 7.

“It’s a great way to start the school day off. It burns off energy and then they’re ready to learn by the time they get to school,” Coordinator Misty VonBehren said.

Permission slips have been sent out to Perry Elementary students. Those who turn the slips in will meet between 7 and 7:30 a.m. every Friday at the Perry High School near the Perry Performing Arts Center.

The students will then leave at 7:30 a.m. They will walk with volunteers to the Perry Elementary School.

This is VonBehren’s fourth year of Walking School Bus. The event has a fall and spring season each year and has been going on for about eight seasons.

“I just love to see all of the little kiddos,” VonBehren said of what she is looking forward to this year.

She is still looking for volunteers to help with the Walking School Bus each Friday.

Volunteers are needed for 11 Fridays and one Wednesday during the fall season of the Walking School Bus. Around 50 to 70 students participate each year and VonBehren likes to see one volunteer for every five students.

The volunteers help keep the kids safe as they walk from the high school to the elementary school each Friday.

While she is still looking for volunteers, VonBehren said they have a good base every Friday.

“It’s one of those things where if you’ve volunteered before, you love it so much that you keep coming back,” she said. “I have volunteers that do it every single week because they love it so much.”

Those interested in volunteering or learning more should contact VonBehren at the Perry Public Library, 515-465-3569.

“It’s a program that works, that’s fun and the kids really enjoy it,” VonBehren said.