A walking school bus is a group of students walking to and from school with friends and trusted adults. They have designated routes and stops where students gather or get dropped-off near their homes. These programs encourage more students to walk to school, improve community health, strengthen community ties, and address safety concerns for people walking.
The Walk with Us El Monte Walking School Bus materials were tested at Durfee School for the 2017-2018 school year. This website provides the resources to start a walking school bus at your school. Check out the video below to hear directly from the walking school bus route leaders!
Any parent or caregiver can easily start a walking school bus with our easy Do-It-Yourself Guide. This guide includes a checklist of ways to plan your route and engage your fellow caregivers, as well as templates for flyers you can print at home and post around your school or neighborhood to build excitement.
We also have a quick video about hosting a successful walking school bus.
Ready to get started? Download our Walk With Us El Monte Do-It-Yourself Guide and get walking!
The idea for Walk with Us El Monte started in 2014, when the El Monte City School District (EMCSD) and local non-profit Amigos de los Rios applied for grant funding for a walking school bus program through the California State Active Transportation Program (ATP). The City of El Monte was brought in as a project partner in 2016. That same year, the Project Team, led by Alta Planning + Design, was awarded funding to pilot the program at Durfee School to encourage more students to walk to school, improve community health, and address safety concerns for people walking.
Read our Final Evaluation Report on what we accomplished, lessons learned, and more.