BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Some students walking to the bus stop Thursday will have some extra company from the Birmingham Police Department.
Birmingham City Schools will start the school year on Aug. 8. As part of a new initiative to ensure the safety of students getting to school, Birmingham police officers will walk children to the bus in designated Birmingham Housing Authority districts.
This program is designed to enhance the security and welfare of residents in the Tom Brown, Kingston and Collegeville housing communities. These children are students at Hayes K-8 School and Hudson K-8 School.
“We’re considering the safety of the children,” Lt. Shelia Finney said, “and its the initiative with the Birmingham Police Department to just ensure the safety of the children arriving to school on their first day.”
As part of the Walking School Bus Program, the Birmingham Police Department will provide police officers on the first day of school to walk with children and assure their safe arrival to school. In addition, the department is inviting the public to participate in the “Safe Passage Program.” The Parent Patrol Program will assist to ensure children arrive and return home from school safely each day.
For more information on how you can volunteer for the program, contact Finney at 205-254-1700.