HUGHESVILLE, Md.—With the school year approaching, The Tri County Council for Southern Maryland and Commuter Connections is offering SchoolPool, a new, free service to connect parents of children who attend the same school and are interested in sharing driving duties. In addition, SchoolPool can match parents who want to form bicycling and walking groups to school for their children.
SchoolPool only shares the parents' contact information in order to protect the safety of their children. Once parents are registered, they can call or email other parents participating in the service.
"The SchoolProgram was designed to help alleviate some of the traffic congestion in and around schools and make it easier for parents to get their children to and from school," said Nicholas Ramfos, Director of Commuter Connections.
While many families rely on their public school systems' bus networks, other students, including those that attend private schools, can benefit from SchoolPool. Thus far, almost a dozen schools from Frederick County to Saint Mary's County have registered with the service, and Commuter Connections encourages additional schools in Southern Maryland to participate.
At the time of publication, the following area schools are participating in the Commuter Connections service:
-- Archdiocese of Washington - Catholic/Parochial
-- St. Peter's Catholic School
-- St. Mary's Catholic School
-- St. Mary, Star of the Sea School
-- Southern Md. - Private/Parochial
-- Grace Lutheran School and Church
-- Grace Christian Academy of Md.
-- The Calverton School
-- Southern Md. Christian Academy
-- High Road School of Southern Md.
For more information, call 800-745-RIDE (7433) or visit http://commuterconnections.org/schoolpool/ .