For years, Shelburne Community School has participated in Walking Wednesdays during the months of May and October in affiliation with the Vermont Safe Routes to School Initiative. Wellness Committee members Megan Maynard-Jacob, Jenn Niles, Vasanthi Meyette and Jocelyn Bouyea organized the effort.
“We have had steady participation and dedication from students over the years, but had a goal to grow our numbers this year,” Meyette said.
Thanks to the school’s transportation director Pamela Weber, the school came up with a plan to get more students walking to school. This year, students who rode busses F, G, D and H had a one-time opportunity to be let off the bus on the town parade and walk the rest of the way to school.
“It was energizing to see so many children—across grade levels—walk to school, ready to learn,” Meyette said. “We would like to thank our crossing guards, bus drivers, parents and officers of the Shelburne Police Department for safely helping all of us cross Route 7 and walk to school. We are so looking forward to May and continuing this new tradition.”