'Walk To School Day' Runs Into 'Bus Count Day' 10-06-2010 - WNEM TV 5

'Walk To School Day' Runs Into 'Bus Count Day' 10-06-2010

Wednesday was Michigan Student Walk to School Day, an event designed to get parents and students to walk or bike to school and get some exercise.
But in an interesting twist of fate, it was also Michigan Transportation Count Day.
That's when bus drivers tally up how many kids they take around every day to calculate mileage and fuel consumption.
TV5 put the Tough Questions to officials on why kids were encouraged to walk to class on a day when the state needed to see how many ride the school bus.
TV5's Jay Brandow will have more on this story coming up tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m.
"The Walk to School day was set by the state and did not affect our count with our bus transportation," said Safiya Mosley, the Saginaw Public Schools spokeswoman. "It's a very good idea and it did not affect our bus count."
No one of authority locally seemed to know why the state put the events on the same day.
TV5 discovered that students were put on school buses so they could be counted, and then dropped off close to school so they could participate in Student Walk Day.
"I think it's great, the walk is good for you. We walk every day," said one mother of a student on Wednesday.
Moms agree that the Student Walk to School Day is a good idea. It gives them a chance to plan a safe route to school, the best place to cross busy streets and get some fresh air.
"It's great, [it] gives the kids a little exercise," said mother Nicole Mondeau.
"It saves gas and time. It's a good thing," mom Nicole Sylvester told TV5.
Stone School principal Sherry Bledsoe said federal dollars are on the way to make walking and biking to school safer.
"We just received a $137,000 federal grant aimed at improving safety to and from school," said Bledsoe. Coming with that cash are new bike racks, new sidewalks and curb alterations for challenged students.
Bledsoe said Stone School has some unique issues when it comes to safety. "We're located between two state highways," the principal points out.
Stone School has used some of their grant money to make sure students get a good breakfast at the start of the school day every day of the week.
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