Education Commissioner’s First Day: Family Service of RI Walking School Bus

Angélica Infante-Green starts new job Monday walking with kids at Kizirian Elementary

PROVIDENCE, RI — The kids participating in Family Service of Rhode Island’s Walking School Bus at Providence’s Kizirian Elementary will have the ear of the new leader of the state’s schools as she walks them to class on Monday (April 29).

“Magic in the classroom starts with students who are in school each day, ready and eager to learn. When I learned about the Walking School Bus and the work they’re doing to improve attendance and increase engagement in school communities, I was excited to see it firsthand,” said Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“I couldn’t think of a better way to start my tenure here than getting out into the community, meeting students, families, and the Rhode Islanders who care deeply about education in our state,” she said.

Family Service of Rhode Island pioneered the Walking School Bus in Rhode Island in 2012 at Providence’s Fogarty Elementary School in the South Providence neighborhood, where it continues to operate as part of the Family Service of Rhode Island AIM program at the school.

Family Service of Rhode Island’s Walking School Bus mobilizes trained volunteer mentors to meet children at their homes and walk with them to
school along designated routes – like a real school bus – ensuring
children arrive safely, on-time and ready to learn.  In addition, Family
Service of Rhode Island often provides coats and shoes for children in
need, as well as water and snacks for children who may have not eaten.