K-day gives kids first chance to ride bus

North Penn Life - - Accent - By Linda Stein lstein@jour­nal­reg­is­ter.com

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.

“I think it’s great get­ting kids used to rid­ing the bus WKH firVW GDy VR WKHy’rH NRW so ner­vous,” said De­cem­brino, af­ter she gave her talk. “They get to go on with their par­ents.”

Vicki Trues­dell, who drives a school bus for North Penn, said, “I think it’s ter­rL­fiF. ,W’V TuLWH HxFLWLNJ. ,W al­le­vi­ates the par­ents’ wor­ries as well as the kids. It’s ex­tremely fun.”

The fam­i­lies also watched D VKRrW fiOP RN VFKRRO EuV safety.

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.

Pho­tos by GE­OFF PATTON

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.

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