Blanchard WinsDays: Grandmother’s Walking School Bus
It’s a really simple idea: Get some grown-ups, preferably those that got all morning, like grandma and grandpa. Add children of busy working parents within a square mile or so of school. Have grown-ups don yellow vests and safely walk the kids to school.
Voila! Getting to school is fun – you get to see all your friends and meet some new ones of all ages. We re-weave the social fabric of our communities, too often threadbare since women entered enmasse the workforce. The environmental footprint for the school grows a wee bit smaller and there is less traffic congestion around the school. Young and old alike get daily healthy exercise twice a day, reducing spiraling obesity rates. A walking school bus is a natural win-win — and an excellent example of the social software that builds “aging in community.”
To find out how you can start a Grandmother’s Walking School Bus in your neighborhood (don’t forget to ask elders to join, better yet, lead the effort!), check out the Safe Routes to School Guide. Let me know if you start one – we are starting one here in Denver and I am interested to share information!