The Rewards of helping in the community
Encouraging students to walk and bike to school is a healthy option for children. It eases congestion at the school gate, strengthens communities, connects across the ages and creates social bonds between children themselves. Safety is central to any travel choice, and our team of Wanaka volunteers work hard to support a daily walking school bus and help at crossing points.
What does helping out involve?
In many cases one volunteer helps out one morning a week for approximately 30 minutes. Walking bus volunteers meet children at designated points on Anderson Rd in Mt Iron and guide waiting children on their short walk to school. Hi viz vests and training are provided.
We also have two monitors helping children at the Kings Drive crossing point every school day morning. Volunteers greet and guide children across the road and are our eyes and ears for road safety close to the school gate.
If you can help out in Wanaka or elsewhere in the Queenstown Lakes area to encourage safe routes to school, please contact your school office or Council who will put you in touch with the School Travel Plan Coordinator.
Kath Wilson has been leading the walking school bus to Wanaka Primary for over five years, before it moved to its new location in Scurr Heights.
There are incentives for students to take part and the ‘passengers’ themselves love walking journey to school. Anyone can start up a “walking bus” or “cycle train”.
Contact your school office or Council’s school travel plan coordinator for more information.