The East End Community School in Portland was selected as the pilot location for the Maine Walking School Bus Program in the Fall of 2014. Being in its final months of grant funding, East End is showing that its Walking School Bus program is going strong.
The East End Community School’s Walking School Bus celebrated Winter Walk to School Day back in February with schools in Canada and other Northern Tier States! Portland minor league sports mascots Crusher and Slugger joined the students on their walk to school, while the Cat in the Hat accompanied walkers to commemorate Dr. Suess’ birthday on Read Across America Day.
East End Walking School Bus Coordinator Elise Moody-Roberts is constantly out in the community spreading the word about the Walking School Bus. Elise was recently invited to speak at Portland Trail’s Annual Meeting, a TED-style forum of ideas, with snappy, dynamic presentations from speakers engaged in work and play related to Portland Trail’s mission. Elise did an amazing job celebrating the program’s success as she only had 15 slides–with 15 seconds per slide!
East End Community School is currently exploring a variety of avenues to sustain the Walking School Bus program for next fall. The administration, students, and community all agree that the Walking School Bus program is an asset and a staple within the school as well as Portland’s community.
For additional questions about the East End Community School’s Walking School Bus Program, please contact Elise Moody-Roberts, Walking School Bus Coordinator via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (207) 671-9207 or visit the Portland page on the Maine Walking School Bus website.