Temple: Walking School Bus Program Underway For TISD Elementary Schools

By: Yvonne Ramirez Email
By: Yvonne Ramirez Email

TEMPLE (April 8, 2013)--The Walking School Bus Program is underway throughout Temple ISD Elementary Schools.

The program is a wellness initiative for elementary school boys and girls that encourages them to walk before school with their classmates and parents.

"Walking before school is a great way to get some good exercise and prepare yourself both physically and mentally for the day," Program Coordinator Belinda Garcia said.

The program began Monday with Kennedy Powell Elementary, Southwest Elementary will host the program on Tuesday, Thornton Elementary on Wednesday, Tarver Elementary on Thursday, and Lakewood Elementary on Friday.

"Bus Routes" will be located on each individual campus on an existing track or large field.

"By having the 'Bus Route' on campus, 100 percent of the kids could potentially be able to participate, whether they are getting off the bus or dropped off," Garcia said.

The "Walking School Bus" will meet at designated locations for each school at 7 a.m. and parents and students will walk for about 20 minutes before returning to the front of the school.

The program is being put on by the Temple Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness.

"We have the opportunity, while we are on the walk, to talk about eating something healthy like a piece of fruit before class," Garcia said.

The five week program initially began at two Temple elementary schools and has since expanded to five elementary schools.

"Ultimately, what we want to do is promote and encourage physical fitness and wellness in their daily routine," Garcia said.

To volunteer or for more information, call (254) 298-5733.

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