Walking School Bus

What is a Walking School Bus? 

A girl smiles at the camera as she walks into a crosswalkThe Walking School Bus (WSB) is a partnership between United way of Racine County and Racine Unified School District that offers students a safe and fun way to walk to school with adult supervision. Each "bus" walks along a predetermined route with an adult leader making various stops along the way to pick up children at their homes and walk them to school. 

Become a Walking School Bus volunteer 

We are looking for volunteers to conduct our WSB routes at Julian Thomas Community School and Knapp Community School. Each route will have two adults and you may be required to walk up to two miles. What a great way to get your steps in! Volunteers can sign up from as little to as many routes as they would like however at least once a month is preferred. All volunteers will be trained ahead of time. COVID safety measures are in place so volunteers will also be required to wear a mask. All volunteers must be complete a background check (Wings) approved through the Racine Unified School District.

Please contact Walking School Bus Coordinator Ruthie McGinnis at rmcginnis@unitedwayracine.org or (262) 664-1745 with any questions.

Why Volunteer?

  • Ensuring students get to school safely lowers the risk of truancy for students and increases attendance.
  • Walking students to school takes the burden of school drop off and pick up off of families who may have conflicting schedules.
  • Volunteers form positive relationships with students and create positive change in their communities.
  • Walking is a great form of exercise for volunteers and students! 

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