ASK Elementary School's Walking
May 3, 2012
missed the bus, it was one of the
stories covered on Thursday's
Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School’s
Fit Kids Committee has created the school’s first-ever Walking
The Walking Bus - which was comprised of nearly 75 students,
parents, staff and community leaders - hit the streets of Port
Jervis May 3. The caravan of children and adults – dressed in
bright yellow clothing and safety vests – enjoyed a fun walk to
All ASK students in grades 2-6, who are considered “walkers,”
were invited to participate, along with their parents and adult
family members…It was like carpooling to school without the car!
According to event organizers Nicole Beam and Lori Sexton,
studies show, for various reasons, fewer children are walking to
school, and more children are at risk of becoming overweight.
The Fit Kids Committee organized the Walking School Bus to
encourage more students to walk and enjoy exercising.
The Walking School Bus started at the corner of East Main Street
and Kingston Avenue at the J’s Mobil Gas station and proceeded
down Kingston Avenue/Culvert Street/Route 209 until it reached
the ASK Elementary School playground. Fit Kids Committee members
and volunteers were stationed at each bus stop and walked with
the "bus." Several Port Jervis police officers, including Police
Chief Bill Worden, traveled the route, along with School
District Superintendent John Xanthis, Assistant Superintendent
John Bell and Port Jervis Councilman at Large Kelly Decker.