Michael Solomon, candidate for mayor of Providence, and Councilman Nicholas Narducci led the Walking School Bus Wednesday at Mary E. Fogarty Elementary School, 199 Oxford Street, Providence.

Michael Solomon and the Walking School Bus

Members of the Providence police and fire departments joined the walk. The Walking School Bus provides routes to and from school led by volunteers. The initiative ensures that each child, living within a mile of the school, who needs to walk arrives on time and returns home safely, even when a family member is unable to walk with him or her. The Walking School Bus is reducing school tardiness and absenteeism. The program also promotes a positive community spirit as volunteers and school children walk through the neighborhoods surrounding the school.

The Walking School Bus is part of Family Service of Rhode Island’s “Providence Children’s Initiative,” based at the school and providing a comprehensive, collaborative program to improve educational and social development outcomes for children and families in the South Providence neighborhood. Family Service of RI has invited a number of community leaders to lead the Walking School Bus to raise awareness of the program and to help recruit volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering should call 401-331-1350 ext. 3457. Family Service of RI is a statewide non-profit human service and educational organization. More information is available at www.familyserviceri.org.