The Star reported on a “walking bus” program for elementary school pupils (3/31, Local, “The wheels on the bus don’t go round and round ... but the kids still get to school; Local effort mirrors national trend encouraging students to walk in groups to and from school”). It was reported that 28 kids have joined the program.
The idea is to foster exercise, cut down on traffic and support community development. It is an idea that is easy to support. What I find amazing is that the program requires $25,000 in grants from Overland Park and the Kansas Department of Transportation.
If it requires $25,000 to get 28 children to occasionally walk to school, we are all too rich, too careless with our tax dollars or just simply crazy. It makes you wonder how the rest of our tax money is being spent.