Women's Soccer Participates in the Walking School Bus Program

April 18, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's soccer team has been recently involved with a program known as the Walking School Bus, which is run by Family Service of Rhode Island. The Walking School Bus promotes school attendance, daily exercise, and positive relationships between the student-athletes and the elementary school kids.  The program involves members of the women's soccer team walking elementary school kids to class, ensuring that they arrive safely and on time.  

The Walking School Bus supports a wide range of student-centered goals, including daily school attendance, on-time arrival, daily exercise, positive adult role models, and parent engagement with the school community.  The program offers a supervised walking route for elementary school children in Providence. It helps to promote health, safety, and decreases the likelihood of chronic absenteeism for students who might otherwise not have transportation to school.  

The women's soccer team is currently partnering with Harry Kizirian Elementary School in Providence.  

"The collaboration between The Walking School Bus Program and Providence College Athletics has flourished," said Joyce Leven of the Family Service of Rhode Island. "This team has built a cohesive relationship designed to enrich the experience of elementary education for some of Providence's most vulnerable youth. Beginning with an easy morning walk, the relationship between the athletes and students is fostered and carried over into classroom time.  The importance of attending school each day, being part of a team that works together, and most importantly, education beyond high school is encouraged through conversations that occur each morning. Together, with the PC studen-athletes, we are making a difference." 

Family Service of Rhode Island is currently looking for volunteers to help walk children to school one morning a week to make sure that they arrive to school safely and on-time.

*   Walks begin at 8 a.m. and are done no later than 9 a.m.
*   Walk any day of the week, any number of days.
*   There are Walking School Bus programs in Smith Hill, Lower and South Providence.
*   No special skills required - just the ability to walk and create positive change in the community.

For more information please contact Joyce Leven levenjo@familyserviceri.org

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