“If this were a TV show, it would be called the Walking School Bus. You know, like the Magic School Bus, but better”.
“This is so fun, we should do this every day”.
“I love walking to school”.
These are the happy musings of elementary school students that greeted the spring revival of the walking school bus in Oelwein; over fifty children walked to school during its return in April. Held monthly, the event is a fantastic opportunity for exercise before the school day. This is the first year of the walking school bus, and the pilot is a huge success thanks to the dedication of district staff Terri Zuck and Barb Schmitz. These two women go to great lengths to ensure the well-being of their students. They constantly seek out opportunities for healthy living, from after school cooking classes to summer school garden activities. Never afraid to think outside the box, Terri and Barb will try anything once! Thanks to their collaborative efforts, it has been a phenomenal year for our wellness efforts in Oelwein. The district has hosted a 1K race, Parent Empowerment Workshops, taste tests at Conferences, fitness camps, and regular nutrition lessons in grades K – 3. Outside of school, Barb and Terri have become my friends, turning Oelwein into a home away from Decorah. Each graciously hosts me overnight when I am in town, serving me delicious food and making me feel like family. Without Barb and Terri, I would have been lost and not nearly as effective in my service. Their guidance has transformed the district into a welcoming place, eager to enhance student and staff health. With these women on my side, I have a spring in my step at the school year draws to a close, gladly planning future projects to come.