Walking School Bus

Fun, safe, physical activity for kids walking to and from school!

A Walking School Bus is a group of students walking to and from school on a planned route with an adult Leader. Much like a school bus, as the students walk to school, they can pick up more classmates along the way.

A big thank you to the Central Oregon Health Council ‘s Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Prevention Workgroup and the City of Bend for funding this new Commute Options program!

 

Let’s Walk and Roll….

    • The group meets at a designated Meeting Location and follows the planned route.
    • Park and Walk: Live too far from school? You can drop off your student at your school’s meeting location.
    • To request a Walking School Bus at your school, contact Kersey and talk to your school.

Benefits!

    • Minutes of physical activity increased!
    • Community involvement
    • Learn safe walking tips
    • Students arrive on time and engaged
    • Less congestion at arrival and departure times
    • Cleaner air around school
    • Support for families – children who need to walk can now walk with a group
    • Saving money on gas and time
    • Fun for students, families and the community!

Safe Walking Tips!

  1. Stop at the edge of the curb
  2. Look left, right, and left again
  3. Wait for all vehicles to stop completely
  4. Cross when it’s clear

Register your student for the
Walking School Bus!

Click Here to Complete the Student Registration Form!

Documento de registro para el Walking School Bus

  • Students need to register before joining the Walking School Bus
  • Registered students can join at the designated meeting location or along the route
  • Students can participate by walking or rolling with their scooter or skateboard, along with their helmet

Walking School Bus Routes!

Elk Meadow Elementary Walking School Bus

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before and after school
  • Meet at the Pavilion at Wildflower Park, Departs at 7:25AM
  • Click Here to view walking route

High Lakes Elementary Walking School Bus

  • Wednesday before school
  • Meet at the corner of Silas Drive and Labiche Lane, Departs at 7:30AM
  • Click Here to view walking route

Juniper Elementary Walking School Bus

  • Currently not accepting new students. Route is full.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before and after school
  • Meet at the corner of Neff and Purcell, Departs at 7:15AM
  • Click Here to view walking route

Lava Ridge Elementary Walking School Bus

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before and after school
  • Meet at the Corner of Wagontire Way and Cascade Village Drive, Departs at 7:15AM
  • Click Here to view walking route

North Star Elementary Walking School Bus

  • Coming Soon!

Pine Ridge Elementary Walking School Bus

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday before and after school
  • Meet at Corner of Powers Drive and Elkhorn Street, Departs at 7:15AM
  • Click Here to view walking route

R.E. Jewell Elementary Walking School Bus

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, before and after school
  • Meet at South Entrance to Mobile Home Park on Parrell and Knightsbridge, Departs at 7:10AM
  • Click Here to view walking route

Volunteers

Take me to the Volunteer Registration Form

Adults must pass their school district’s background check before volunteering. Contact your school district to complete your background check and email the approval confirmation to Kersey Marion before proceeding.

Support the Walking School Bus as a Volunteer! Assist the Leader when you are available. Volunteering is a great way to spend time with your children and the community. Walk with the group to and/or from school to provide additional support.

All volunteers must register before participating in the Walking School Bus.

Leaders

Take me to the Leader Application

Currently Not Accepting Applications.

Adults must pass their school district’s background check before applying.

Commute Options trains and employs adults to guide students to and from school!

Leaders meet students at the designated meeting location and walk with the students along the route.

Schools

Elementary and Middle Schools can have their own Walking School Buses

Commute Options will help initiate this free program for your students

Get your student clubs, parents and staff involved with event days, marketing within the school and the community and getting your Walking School Bus moving!

Contact Kersey Marion to find out how to get your school involved.

Organizations

Community Organizations can be a great partnership to bring Walking School Buses to neighborhoods! Your organization can recruit the children already using your facility to provide this free opportunity to them and their families.

A few examples of partners are:

  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Parks and Recreation Districts
  • Apartment Complexes

Contact Kersey Marion to find out how to get your organization involved.

Contact

Commute Options Walking School Bus and Volunteer Coordinator Kersey Marion  (541) 330-2647