PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 26, 2014) An increasing number of children in Rhode Island and across the country are taking the walking school bus to school, instead of riding on a conventional bus.
The walking school bus requires an adult volunteer who goes house-to-house to pick up children who then walk in a group to school, and then home in the afternoons.
Walking school buses are cropping up in school districts from California to Massachusetts.
Health departments, schools and parents like them because they help fight obesity, improve attendance rates and ensure that children get to school safely, and children like them because they are fun.
In Providence, 10-year-old Rosanyily Laurenz used to be late to school when her grandmother couldn't walk with her.
Now, she says, "I get to walk with my friends. ... Plus, I get snacks."