Walking Routes to School Deemed Hazardous, Students Get Buses
Parents coordinate effort to provide students a safe way to school.
Elliott and Crafton Students No Longer Have to Walk a Dangerous Path Students and parents at Pittsburgh Langley K-8 have something to celebrate today. After months of meetings, gathering information from parents, and working with school and community leaders, the Langley community learned that the school district would be providing buses for children who previously were told they had to walk to school.
“We are excited that through the hard work of our parents and partners this issue has been resolved,” said Langley Principal Rodney Necciai. “We now hope to channel the positive energy that accompanies this great news to become even more focused on our goals of raising achievement, reducing racial disparity, becoming a district of first choice, and maintaining positive school/community culture.”
Lushon Dean, President of the PTO and Parent Nation leader, never gave up hope that change would come. “I’m relieved that the school board was able to make it safer kids getting to and from school,” she said. Working with A+ Schools organizer Kirk Holbrook, she spent the summer organizing parents, holding meetings, and working with Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith and State Representatives Dan Deasy and Jake Wheatley to figure out how she could help get children a safe way to school.
Alecia Sheffey, another parent who was part of this effort said, “I’m excited and proud of all the footwork into making this effort a success. We know this will take time, but I’m happy our students will have buses before the winter months.”
Besides Alecia and Lushon, special mention should be given to Lisa Craig, who testified before the Board this summer on this issue, Gloria Dean, who helped compile critical information, and Pastor Vincent Moye and the leaders associated with the Pneuma Center for Biblical Guidance for providing space and people power to make this effort a success.
If you’re a Langley parent and would like to know more about the new buses, please contact the school at (412) 778-2100.
Working together, we can create more equitable outcomes that ensure all of our children have the resources they need to get a high quality public education. Congratulations Lushon and the entire Langley community for your perseverance and advocacy.