Walking School Bus

Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus promotes school attendance, daily exercise, and positive relationships between volunteers and walkers. 


It involves volunteers walking elementary school kids to class, ensuring they arrive safely and on time. 

Walking School Bus kids.

School Attendance and More

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.


Walking School Bus staff collaborate with school leadership to recruit volunteers and conduct outreach to targeted students living within a mile of school. Family Service of Rhode Island (FSRI) staff screen, train, and schedule volunteers; map and schedule “bus” routes: and track participation and school attendance.

Schools Served

The Walking School Bus currently operates in Providence at Mary E. Fogarty Elementary, the Sgt. Cornel Young, Jr. & Charlotte Woods Elementary, Harry Kizirian Elementary and the Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School at Broad Street.


Volunteers Needed

The Walking School Bus is made possible through the commitment of volunteers.  If you are interested in learning more about the joys of volunteering please contact Joyce Leven at (401) 499-7850 or visit our Volunteer Opportunities page. 


The Walking School Bus is a program of FSRI's Providence Children's Initiative.

Have Questions?

Need help? Call us at (401) 519-2280 or

complete our online request form.