Walking School Bus
Interested in learning more about having a Walking School Bus in your community? The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program is offering Walking School Bus Training. In this training, you will learn what a walking school bus is, why does your community needs one, how to set up a program and other resources.
Description:A walking school bus or bicycle train both consist of groups of students accompanied by adults that walk or bicycle a pre-planned route to school. Routes can originate from a particular neighborhood or, in order to include children who live too far to walk or bicycle, begin from a parking lot. They may operate daily, weekly or monthly. Often, they are started in order to address parents’ concerns about traffic and personal safety while providing a chance for parents and children to walk or bicycle to school.
Who should attend? Local agency officials/employees and parents, teachers, public health educators, bicycle clubs, Safe Routes to School coordinators, law enforcement officers, and others who care about increasing the number of children that walk and bicycle to school.
Registration information:Registrations are accepted on first come, first serve basis. There is no cost to attend the training. No meals are provided.
If you are interested in attending the Walking School Bus Training, please click here for more information.
School Safety Contest
ODOT also has a school safety contest for students grades K-8. The contest is designed to improve walking and biking knowledge. Any Ohio K-8 school child, teacher or school that meets the eligibility requirements is welcome to participate. The contest is from now until April 30, 2012.
How to win: Draw a picture. Invent a computer game. Do a rap! All students have to do is create a project that proves they understand how to be safe when walking or riding bikes to school. Students can make a video, conduct a science experiment, design a poster, publish a magazine, write a cheer, invent a safety device or come up with their own idea. There is NO LIMIT to creativity.
Prizes: Student winners will receive a new TREK bike or running schools. Teachers and school winners will receive a $1,000 reward award. Awards can be used for laptops, white boards other other classroom equipment/materials or school safety equipment as long as it supports school safety education in some way. Plus schools will receive opportunities to attending walking school bus and crossing guard trainings. 36 winners will be awarded from all over Ohio.
ODOT All-Ohio Show Choir
ODOT recruited high school students from around the state to create a safety song and video to help students walk and bike to school more safely. This first-of-its-kind, hip hop-style educational video intertwines dancing with safety demonstrations. To watch the ODOT All-Ohio Show Choir’s “Keep Safe Out the Door”, click here.