PALMDALE – In the early hours of Thursday, September 5, smiling Anaverde Hills School students enjoyed a walk to their campus. At each street corner, more students waited to join the group on their way to school. The walk was part of the Westside Union School District’s Walking School Bus, a student health and safety program presented in partnership with Don Parazo and the High Desert Medical Group.
“We are very excited to bring this program to Anaverde Hills. It really helps to strengthen our community here at our new school,” said Kristin Frye, Anaverde Hills School Principal.
The students were accompanied on their walk down Parkwood Drive, in the Anaverde community, by parents, Principal Frye, Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, and Sheriff’s Deputies on bikes, motorcycles and in patrol cars.
Parents were invited to a short meeting in Anaverde Park, next to the school, after dropping the students off. Parents heard from Regina Rossall, Westside Union School District Superintendent, Principal Frye, Mayor Ledford and representatives of the High Desert Medical Group, Anaverde HOA, Sheriff’s Department and the City of Palmdale in the meeting.
Dori Petersen, President of the Anaverde HOA lauded the program and pledged her participation in it. “I’ll be walking my grandson to school,” said Petersen. She also told the group that the walk to school provides more than just safety and health; it is an opportunity to spend quality time with the children.
“Our partnership with parents is essential in this program,” said Rossall. “This is not a one day event. It is a commitment to our children to provide them safe and healthy walking routes for the entire school year, overseen by parent volunteers.”
This was the final of three kick-off events held across the Westside Union School District. Parents wishing to volunteer with the Walking School Bus program should contact their school.