Students & Families
Hop on board the Walking School Bus – all children are welcome to join this fun, safe, and active initiative! If you live within 1 mile of East End Elementary School then the Walking School Bus (WSB) is ideal for you. If your child(ren) would like to participate in the WSB, please complete the Student Registration Form here (also available in paper form at the school office).
The school operates two Walking School Bus routes daily (with school-wide encouragement of walking and bicycling as well). The program continues to register and place students on routes throughout the school year and will operate again in the 2015-2016 school year. Families and neighbors share more here about the local impact of the Walking School Bus.
Looking for a great new way to get in a healthy dose of exercise and fresh air and connect with your community? Interested in helping kids and improving safety? We are continually recruiting volunteers to share one or two walks a week through the Walking School Bus Program at East End Community School.
For a first-hand perspective on volunteering, check out this article on two community WSB volunteers at the school. You can also learn more by reviewing our Volunteer Walk Leader position description here.
All Volunteer Walk Leaders at East End are required to complete these two additional Portland Public Schools forms: the School District Volunteer Application/background check and Portland Public Schools Student Privacy Statement and Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement prior to leading the Walking School Bus. These forms require a signature – please fill them out before your scheduled volunteer training and return them to the Walking School Bus Coordinator via the front office at East End Community School. Alternately, you can also scan and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your help with the process!
Contact & More Information
For more information on how a Walking School Bus works and day-to-day operation questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
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: email@example.com or phone: (207) 671-9207
We’re getting some great local press! Check out our article from Fall 2015 in the Source section of the Portland Press Herald: Leg Work: A School ‘Bus’ Where the Students Walk to School.
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 new 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 be in touch with Bridgette Kelly, Southern Maine Coordinator for the Maine Safe Routes to School Program for technical assistance.