Thursday, October 6, 2022
MONTEREY COUNTY – The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC), in partnership with the Monterey County Health Department, City of Salinas, Salinas City Elementary School District, Alisal Union School District, the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE), Blue Zones Project Monterey County and Ecology Action launched walking school buses at Kammann Elementary and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy this week through the countywide Safe Routes to School Program.
A walking school bus is an adult supervised walking group which provides a safe and healthy way for children to get to school. Led by the Health Department and a rotating cast of popular costumed characters, students, guardians, and other participants, including police officers and staff members from each of the agencies met before school at designated starting points and parade along safe routes to school on the following days:
- October 4th (and every Tuesday in October) – Kammann Elementary School
- October 5th (and every Wednesday in October) – Martin Luther King Jr. Academy
Students who participate in the walking school bus or walk, bicycle, scooter, or skateboard to school during the month of October will be entered into a random drawing to win a new bicycle, scooter, or skateboard.
Ecology Action and the Health Department will host Walking School Bus workshops with each school community to teach others how to continue the walking school bus programming for the remainder of the school year.
For more information about the Walking School Bus program or to sign-up for the Walking School Bus workshop, contact Jessica Perez at perezJ7@co.Monterye.ca.us or 831-775-8975.
The Walking School Bus project is funded by the “Every Child “Active Transportation Program grant, Senate Bill 1 grants, and Measure X. It is designed to create a safe, healthy, and fun experience for young children and reduce traffic around the school. The project is part of the Transportation Agency’s “Safe Routes to School” program which offers tools, programming, and resources to schools, guardians, and communities who want to improve safety and traffic around schools across Monterey County.
To learn more about the Safe Routes to School Program, contact Ariana Green, Principal Transportation Planner, TAMC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-775-4403 or visit the Safe Routes to School website at https://saferoutesmonterey.org/; Like us on Facebook and/or Follow us on Instagram.
“The Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is responsible for investing in regional transportation projects for Monterey County residents, businesses, and visitors. The mission of TAMC is to develop and maintain a multimodal transportation system that enhances mobility, safety, access, environment quality and economic activities in Monterey County. For more information visit www.tamcmonterey.org or call 831.775.0903.”
The” Safe Route to School” is a TAMC program which offers tools, programming, and resources to schools, guardians, and communities aimed at improving safety and traffic around schools. The program’s goal is to keep every child safe and healthy by reducing the number of students involved in collisions to zero. For more information visit https://saferoutesmonterey.org
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academy Walking School Bus in Salinas on 10-05-22.