PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch and Board member Theresa Kelly with Proviso East students on the first day of the program's launch
Proviso East's transportation program began with success this week as over 600 students loaded free buses for the first time in the history of PTHS 209.
Proviso East's highly anticipated transportation program began on Tuesday, January 20th. On this day, First Student yellow buses pulled on to Madison Street to provide the service that some Proviso East students and parents say they'd been waiting for. Proviso East parent Regina Smith says she was one of those parents.
"We used to have to pay for transportation and then pay for lunch, and that can get really expensive," said Smith. "If we didn't pay for transportation, we'd worry about which way was the safest for my son to walk. Now, with the bus program my son's bus stop is right at the corner of my house. I can watch him get on and get off the bus. It's convenient and it's a lot easier and safer for my son to get from point A to point B. I definitely appreciate that."
Proviso East Assistant Principal Dan Johnson helps students find their bus.
Proviso East Principal Milton Patch said, the transportation program has been well received by parents, students, and the community.
"The first day the buses ran one student hopped off the bus and said, 'Thank you Mr. Patch, thanks for the buses.' That was enough for me. The students have been phenomenal. We've had great cooperation and support from the Cook County Sherriff's Police, and from our busing company [First Student]. I really have to thank the district administrators and the Board of Education for making this bus service a reality for our students. We know that utilizing this program, they will get to school safely and on time."
Patch said, Proviso East's ridership is increasing daily. The buses load and unload at Proviso East High School on Madison Street. In the morning, buses arrive on time to get students in for class and for breakfast. In the evening, buses depart at approximately 3:25 p.m. All parents are encouraged to take advantage of PTHS 209's new transportation initiative.
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