K-day gives kids first chance to ride bus
It’s big. It’s yellow. And to a little person going to school for the very first time, it can be scary.
But not if they’ve been to K-Day, the North Penn School District program for kindergarten students that allows them to ride the school bus with their mother or father.
“I think it’s nice that they do this to ease them into the bus riding experience,” said Kevin Kowalick, of Montgomery Township, who was waiting to board a school bus Aug. 9 with Lucas, 5, who was clutching a well-loved, gray stuffed hippo, and Logan, 3. “It’ll be good for him to break the ice.”
Amy Gibson, a Hatfield mother, was on the bus with her daughter, Adelaide, 5.
“I think it’s a really good idea,” said Gibson about KDay. “It makes it a lot easier. She’s excited to come. It’s nice without all the big kids. It’s not as intimidating.”
Gibson had taken Caleb, 8, her older child, before he began kindergarten. She said she was also pleased that the district has three K-Days scheduled so parents can pick the most convenient one.
Paula Akins, of North Wales, was riding with her son, Ethan, 5.
“I think it’s really good they do it for the kids,” said Akins. “It makes them comfortable. It’s exciting for parents, too.” Ethan said, “It’s fun.” While the bus trundled along on a circuit, pass- ing the district’s bus garage near the high school, Jane Borisow, a driver, went over safety rules. Once everyone had disembarked, North Penn trainer Jeanne Decembrino spoke to the parents and children about staying out of the street until the bus driver tells them to board the bus.
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North Penn has offered the K- Day program for 12 years. More than 500 students are expected to participate this year. Programs will be held Aug. 23, with times at 9 and 11 a. m. The event is held at Walton Farm Elementary School, 1610 Allentown Road in Towamencin.
Ashlyn Hellman, left, and Julia Decarol listen to a safety talk by Jeanne Decembrino during K-Day at Walton Farm Elementary School.
Chldren and parents at Walton Farm Elementary School listen to a talk about safety after taking a K-Day ride on a North Penn District school bus Aug. 9.