Active Walking School Buses!

Allamakee County

  • Allamakee CSD and St. Patrick Catholic School
    •  These programs run one day a week with three routes at a remote drop off location. A walkability assessment was conducted by the students in spring 2013. These programs continue to run with the help of their SRTS Community Coalition.
  • Waterville 
  • Waukon
  • Postville CSD
    • There are two routes for this WSB and it doubles as a mileage club for their after school program. I-WALK Project occurred during the spring of 2013.

Chickasaw County

  • New Hampton CSD
  • St. Joseph Community School
    • Teachers walk with students for 20 minutes each week. This program also acts a mileage club for the students.

Clayton County

  • MFL MarMac CSD
    • This school district completes a weekly all school walk.
  • Clayton Ridge CSD
    • This school district completes a weekly all school walk.
  • Central CSD
    • A walkability assessment of this community was conducted in spring of 2013. They’ve been a part of the Healthier US Schools challenge receiving the bronze level. There are mileage clubs and bikes/ helmets with which students can check out during their recess period. Their WSB runs five days of the week, complete with four daily routes.
  • Elkader

Cerro Gordo County

  • Mason City

Clay County

  • Spencer
    • There are about 100 students participating in this daily WSB program. YMCA has hired the staff to run this program. Students follow a route printed with their school mascot to get to school.

Fayette County

  • North Fayette Valley CSD
    • This WSB runs on Wednesday and Thursdays in September, October, April, May. Parent volunteers travel from Elgin and Clermont to the school on Wednesday and from the school to Clermont and Elgin on Thurdays. Weekly, there are about 25 students walking.
  • West Union
  • Maynard 
  • West Central
    • West Central has an after school fitness club and allows students to participate in the mileage club.
  • Oelwein- Wings Park Elementary
    •  Wings Park walks two Wednesday Morings a month year round, weather permitting.

Howard County

  • Riceville CSD
  • Town:  Riceville, Iowa   Population of town is just under 800   School District population is over 3,000. covering many sections of land due to the ever increasing absentee landowners and the increase in farm size and demolition of building sites that the large farmers no longer need or want to pay taxes on since many have gone to grain farming.Most of the children therefore, live in the country.—hence cannot possibly walk to school.  A number of years ago, our administration committed to the idea of our school buses dropping off the children at the Methodist Church.  Arrival time between 7:45 a.m. and 7:55 a.m.  We walk to school a distance of just under 1/2 mile.  We congregate by grades starting with the high schoolers and progress down to K.  That way  the older children walk faster first and the little ones don’t struggle so hard to keep up in a mixed aged group.  There is an adult walking monitor for each grade plus a volunteer high school student who is either a National Honor Society volunteer or a volunteer from our Food and Fitness Youth Team.  These two high school groups volunteer on alternate months.  Some classes like Pre-calculus start early at 7:30 a.m.so it eliminates some of the high school volunteer possibilities or some athletes who train earlier due to the limitations of available gym practice area.The walk is orderly by twos on the sidewalk—even though we have areas with no sidewalk.  We pretend it is there. This distant destination Walking Wednesday is the first Wednesday of the month.                                                                        The other Wednesdays of the month are when the students arrive  at school, they congregate in the front lobby.  There is a school staff member who monitors and then they proceed outdoors when the weather is fit on the specially built trail of concrete walk built under the inspiration of our SRTS Committee.  We do 3 rounds of the trail named for our mascot:  i.e., The Wildcat Trail.  If there is ice or bitter cold, the hallways of the school are briskly walked.  Everyone is in the classroom by 8:20 a.m. Adult volunteers usually come from the community.  For every month of the year school is in session community members donate their time to volunteer, for example in October Mayor, City Council and staff will donate their time to getting kids to school safely. Our volunteer community coordinator is Elaine Govern, retired high school teacher and local Realtor for Govern Farms and Homes.  We were perhaps the first Walking School Bus in Northeast Iowa.  In May we also add a bike train.  The bike train follows the same route, but they go first with an adult monitor at the head of the line and at the back of the line.  They must follow traffic rules on Cherry Street.
  • Howard-Winneshiek CSD
    • There are WSB programs for Cresco, Elma, and Lime Springs Communities. This school district holds the Gold Level for the Healthier US Schools Challenge.

Johnson County

  • North Liberty
    • Garner Elementary
      • There are about 60 students that walk two days a week.
    • Van Buren Elementary
  • Iowa City
    • Longfellow Elementary
      • There are about 10 students participating in this WOW program as they follow one route about 3/4 mile.
    • Lemme Elementary
    • Lincoln Elementary 

Kossuth County

  • Algona CSD 
    • Walking school bus was started as a part of the Blue Zones demonstration site. This program runs only on Friday afternoons. Kids are bused to the high school where they will continue their walk to the YMCA building for after school programs. Every week there is a different high school team or group sponsor who walks with the elementary kids and adult supervisors. In spring 2014, one morning route will be used.

Linn County

  • Cedar Rapids
    • Jackson Elementary
      • Walk on Wednesday ( WOW) WSB model. There are about 50 students following two different routes. Initially this was a pilot program and built into a permanent program with the help of their remaining grant money.
    • Erskine Elementary
      • Walk on Tuesday and Thursday mornings with about 30 students following one route. Started as pilot program through grant money and built permanent program utilizing leftover funds.
    • Van Buren Elementary
      • 12 Kids on rotating schedule on Wednesday started on international walk to school day. Coordinator and roting volunteers from around the neighborhood participating on one route
    • Bowman Woods
    • Cleveland Elementary
    • Harrison Elementary 
    • Viola Gibson 

Mahaska County 

  • Oskaloosa
    • Oskaloosa Community School District
      • Walk on Wednesday (WOW) WSB Model. Made decision to start off small and build a larger program over time. This program runs from September to end of October and starts up again in April through the end of the school year.Volunteer Coordinator– United Way was very helpful in our efforts to find volunteers as was our local businesses, we used www.signupgenius.com to help us secure and inform our volunteers, this is a free tool and highly recommend it.   I primarily took on the coordinator role given WSB was an outlined objective for Blue Zones Project.  I am also a parent of a kindergartener and felt this would be a fun activity to add to the great things the school district was already doing and felt I had the flexibility to volunteer my time to help get this started.  We started with creating a WSB committee which was comprised of school administrators, teachers, parents, retired teachers, a police officer, and the bus transportation director which help develop our strategy in getting this up and running.Successes– We allowed parents to sign up for WSB during the school open house beginning of August, we gave each child whom signed up a t-shirt which we had the funding through Blue Zones Project to do that.  Many comments were made from parents how awesome this was as not all students are financially able to be a part of a sports team and this helped these students to feel special and a part of a group.  We also worked to incorporate celebrity walkers such as our Mayor, Firefighters, Police Officers, our local college mascot, college football team, Subway man, etc. We made lanyards which had the students name along with their grade which helped our volunteers to know who they were.  Each week a student walked they earned a sticker on their lanyard.  3 stickers equaled a prize out of the prize chest.  We had items like pencils, erasers, stickers, note pads, stamps, etc.  They got so excited and this really motivated them to walk especially on not such nice days.  I had a child tell me “I made my mom 5 post-it notes and put them around the house so she wouldn’t forget it was WSB day because I really like getting to walk”.  I had one little boy whom started with us and didn’t talk at all, by the last few weeks he greeted me with a huge and usually talked the entire way to school.  I cannot say enough things about WSB, if you want any additional information please feel free to reach out to me. -Natalie Spray, Blue Zones Project Manager, Oskaloosa

Winneshiek County

  • Decorah CSD/St. Benedict School
    • There are at least five WSB programs and mileage clubs for students.
  • South Winneshiek CSD
    • Mileage Club
  • North Winneshiek CSD
    • Mileage Club
  • Turkey Valley CSD
    • Mileage Club

Woodbury County

  • Sioux City CSD
  • These programs combined aid nearly 200 students in walking to school.
    • Bryant Elementary
    • Hunt Elementary
    • Irving Elementary
    • Liberty Elementary
    • Lincoln Elementary
    • Loess Hills Elementary
    • Nodland Elementary
    • Riverside Elementary
    • Spalding Park Elementary
    • Sunnyside Elementary

Worth County

  • Manly
    • This informal program is run by the community minister on Wednesday mornings. There are 15-20 students who walk to the after school program at the church.