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A ‘Walking School Bus’ Keeps Kids Safe, Boosts Neighborhood

Moments after dismissal, hundreds of students pour outside from the back doors of Frederick Elementary School in Baltimore.

Some hop into waiting cars while others begin the short walk to row homes on nearby blocks. But a small group of children hangs back, forming a single-file line against a chain-link fence, and waits to be led home by adults in what’s called a ‘walking school bus’ — which doesn’t actually involve a bus.