Governor Chafee and Commissioner Gist part of the "Walking School Bus"
By News Staff
The kids of Fogarty Elementary School had some special guests with them on their walk to school this morning
Education Commissioner Deborah Gist skipped and sang with students as part of the Providence Children's Initiative: "Walking School Bus" program. She was there with Governor Chafee to promote school attendance for children who live within walking distance of their schools. Gist remarked "Attendance is a really big challenge in our schools and we want to make sure kids get to school safely and on time." Since the program began in 2010, the walking groups have grown from a handful of kids to about twenty five.
After the walk, the cheerleaders performed a special routine Commissioner Gist and Governor Chafee.