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PHOTOS: Walking school bus in Pottstown picks up trash in honor of Earth Day

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Rupert Elementary students and adult volunteers part of the walking school bus in Pottstown picked up trash along their route to school on Friday, April 21, 2017 in honor of Earth Day. Michilea Patterson — Digital First Media

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

POTTSTOWN >> The walking school bus was healthy in more ways than one on Friday when students helped make a cleaner planet by picking up trash along their route.

A group of Rupert Elementary students and adult volunteers picked up litter along the sidewalk during their 1.5 mile route to school, much of which is along E. High Street. The activity was in honor of Earth Day. Children put on gloves to pick up litter on the ground while the adult volunteers carried large trash bags during the walk.

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The “walking bus” works similar to a traditional bus except it has feet instead of wheels. Trained adult volunteers walk children to Rupert Elementary School using predetermined safe routes. The routes include several “bus stops” where the students wait to join the walking group.

Interested volunteers and parents that would like to sign their children up for the walking school bus can contact David Genova at the email dgenova@pottstownsd.org or by calling 610-906-6529.

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