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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Schools cut buses out of their budgets

Have you guys heard this? Now, we all know the state of our economy, including rising gas prices. In order to keep from breaking their budgets, schools across the country are eliminating school buses, forcing students to walk or find other means of transportation. Plenty of kids already cut school because they just can't afford to go. Now, being forced to find their own means of transportation, attendance is going to plummet. In city's with public transportation, fare cost has increased in response to rising gas prices. Some families can't afford to put their kids on the bus or train. Some parents can't afford to take their kids to school. I think it's really sad that one of the first things affected when the government tries to keep the budget under control are the kids. There are things that can be done to avoid this, to help keep the babies in school, not give them another reason not to go. And there are small organizations popping up in cities nationwide to help, like WalkBoston. They are trying to get school officials to look deeper into this before they cut out buses. No buses means no rides to and from school, no field trips, no nothing. Do we really want the kids to lose their field trips? I remember going to the Field Museum as a kid. I loved it. We also went to the zoo, the holography museum, and a bunch of other places. Not only were they educational, they provided a nice break from the boring school curriculum sometimes. I wouldn't have been able to make it to the Homecoming Game without the school bus. Go Whitney Young Dolphins! Please, people, stand up and let your voice be heard. Let the schools know this is a mistake. Find your local organization that is trying to fight this, like WalkBoston. Do it for the babies. This has been a public service announcement by Miss P.


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