Have you heard about the Walking School Bus program? In towns across the country, kids sign up for this and it seems to be working.

An adult volunteer serves as the bus driver and walks a route to school. Along the way, the Walking School Bus picks up children who walk in pairs and hold hands. At intersection they have certain rules that the kids must repeat such as "Stay behind the line." After school in the afternoon, the bus fills with the same children and they walk home with each child getting off the "bus" in front of their house.

The Walking School Bus provides safety and exercise for the children. There are shorter lines of cars waiting outside the school each afternoon picking up children. Fewer cars in the parking lots provide another layer of safety for the children.

Health and safety — something everyone can use — not just kids. I hope this program grows and grows everywhere it is practical. I think it is a good idea.

Here it is June and summer is moving along. The garden looks nice, although we have seen several gardens that look a lot nicer and are much bigger. We're keeping our fingers crossed for a good harvest this year.
The Music Fest at the hatchery was a good success last weekend. The weather was nice, the crowd was big, there was good food, and people were generous. There were a lot of veterans and some very touching moments for our Wounded Warriors.

There is much hope that it will be held next year. That, of course, is up to the fish hatchery and to Walgreens, the commercial sponsor.

This week I read several newspaper stories of similar events where drugs, alcohol and troublemakers destroyed the attempts to celebrate Memorial Day.  

I want to congratulate everyone involved in the event for all their efforts and for all the volunteers who stepped up. This includes everyone from the popcorn poppers, the setup people all the way to the entertainers who donated their talent.

And, of course, thanks to all who came to be entertained and to honor the veterans. No matter what else, when good things are going on, it's the people who make all the difference. And the people were respectful and very well behaved.

I personally want to thank all the shoppers who came to the bookstore/gift shop at the hatchery and shopped. The Friends of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery use the profits to do what we do the support such things as the Music Fest and the fishing derbies each year.
If you missed it this year, keep your fingers crossed and maybe it will be held again next year.

I will remind my readers that the bookstore is a little short-handed now, so why not think about volunteering. You'll be glad you did.

Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.