Emily Pyland has four children under the age of 10. Until now she has woken them up more than a half an hour early to get them ready to walk to school. It takes her more than an hour and a half to walk her 10-year-old and 5-year-old to school and then return with her 3-year-old and 6-month-old. But that was not the only issue for this busy mother of four.
The walk took them through the off and on ramp to 470 and through the intersection of 29th and Fairlawn. Pyland said it was not safe and she should not have to walk her children so far to school and back. After her story was seen on 13News and she spoke at a Board Meeting she received a response. USD 501 said that it would create a stop along the route for her and others in her situation.
Pyland's concern came from more than her desire to keep her children safe. Her brother lost his life at 10 years-old when he was hit by a drunk driver walking home from school in a busy intersection. Pyland says she would do just about anything to keep that from happening to another child.
Pyland says she and her children are ecstatic and she cannot thank the district enough for allowing her children a stop on the bus route. She will pay $80.00 per child per semester for the service but she says that she is more than willing to pay the fee for the safety of her children.