Portland - East End Community School's Walking School Bus Program

Congratulations to the East End Community School Walking School Bus Program!

Sarah Robbins & WSBThe Maine Walking School Bus Program would like to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to East End Community School (EECS) for being the first school to “graduate” from the grant funded Maine Walking School Bus Program (the two-year grant that supported EECS’s WSB program ended in June 2016). Thanks to tenacious WSB coordinators, giving volunteers, enthusiastic students, and a supportive administration, EECS has developed one of the most successful WSB programs in the state of Maine.

While there were many successes over the past two years, we wanted to highlight a select few:

  • EECS was the pilot school for the state-funded Maine Walking School Bus Program and the first school to have a stipend WSB Coordinator within the school
  • EECS participated in a study conducted by Partnerships for Health determining that the rate of absenteeism and tardiness was significantly lower among WSB participants
  • EECS Coordinator Elise Moody-Roberts grew the program’s volunteer base from only one returning volunteer at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, to a total of 41 active volunteers supporting the program by the end of the school year
  • EECS has been the only school in the state with three WSB routes operating and 40 students walking on a daily basis

Alex close upAdditionally, the Maine WSB Program is excited to share that EECS has appointed Community Engagement Outreach Coordinator Naila Wissa to run the 2016-2017 EECS WSB program. We look forward the program’s continued success, growth, and sustainability.

Contact & More Information

For additional information about the East End Community School’s Walking School Bus Program, please visit East End Community School’s Walking School Bus website or contact Naila Wissa, EECS Walking School Bus Coordinator via e-mail: wissan@portlandschools.org.

History

The East End Community School was part of the initial pilot Portland Walking School Bus Program that ran for 18 months from 2013 to 2014 at several area schools – and was a partnership of the Maine Department of Transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Safe Routes to School Program.  

The East End Community School was then chosen for funding through the statewide Maine Walking School Bus Program for Fall 2014 through Spring 2016.  The statewide program is funded by the Maine Center for Disease Control and administrated by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Safe Routes to School Program.  The program also continues to partner with the Maine Department of Transportation.

Other Portland and area schools interested in walk and bike to school encouragement and safety education – or in applying to the Maine Walking School Bus Program – should visit bikemaine.org/education-safety/youth-education.

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