Skip to main content

Second Annual Safety Summit Highlights Walking School Bus Program

On January 28, 2006, Arne Duncan, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, joined a coalition of 3 aldermen, 2 police commanders, 7 local principals, local organizations, and nearly 100 parents and community residents to find solutions to the persistent safety issues plaguing students and their families in the southwest corner of Logan Square.


CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, with participants of walking school bus

The Second Annual Safety Summit, made possible through collaboration among 26th Ward Alderman Billy Ocasio, 35th Ward Alderman Rey Colon, 30th Ward Alderman Ariel E. Reboyras, Ames Principal Lorraine Cruz, several social services agencies and LSNA, followed up on initiatives launched during last year’s summit, including a campaign to install police surveillance cameras at dangerous intersections and an effort to form a walking school bus in the area surrounding MacAuliffe Elementary and Ames Middle School.

Both efforts have yielded success. First, Mayor Daley has promised a mid-March installation of a new police surveillance camera at the intersection of Lawndale and MacLean. Secondly, LSNA piloted its first walking school bus program, which currently has 4 routes, 40 student participants, and is led by 4 parent volunteers. LSNA would like to expand the program to include more routes from after-school programs. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Lucy at LSNA (773) 384-4370 ext 43.