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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Council President Aponte to Host Ribbon Cutting for New Walking School Bus Path

In honor of International Walk to School Day, Council President Luis Aponte will tomorrow host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Walking School Bus Path—a multi-year project that transformed nuisance properties into a safe, welcoming public space for South Providence families and school children. Aponte will join Mayor Jorge Elorza, leaders from Family Service of Rhode Island, Providence Public Schools, South Providence Community Library, and other community partners to celebrate this redevelopment and share how the South Providence community and the PCI Walking School Bus will use the reimagined space today.

The PCI Walking School Bus is a program of Family Service of Rhode Island under the agency's "Providence Children's Initiative" (PCI). The PCI Walking School Bus was created to address chronic absenteeism using volunteers. Our dedicated volunteers ensure that each child, living within a mile of school and needing to walk, arrives on time, even when a family member is unable to walk with him or her. The program has improved the attendance of students who were considered chronically absent (meaning they missed 10% or more of the school days) to perfect or near perfect attendance.

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000, the event became international when the UK, Canada and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day. In the USA and Canada, International Walk to School Day galvanizes visibility for walking and bicycling to school. Over time, this event has been part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation - each October. Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October.

WHO: Council President Luis Aponte, Mayor Jorge Elorza, Representatives and students from Providence Public Schools, Representatives from Family Service of Rhode Island and other community partners

WHAT: Ribbon Cutting for Walking School Bus Path & International Walk to School Day

WHERE: 432 Prairie Avenue, Providence RI

WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.