This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
by Meg Frankowski for NewsWorks
As students head back to school today, some community members in Northwest Philadelphia are pitching in to ensure a smooth transition for students attending schools outside of their neighborhoods.
Volunteers for the "WalkSafePHL" initiative trained last week at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology.
The group brainstormed scenarios and practiced via walkie-talkies.
He says volunteers will identify dangerous situations and steer kids to safety, said Doug Evans, a coordinator for Town Watch Integrated Services, a citywide anti-crime agency that is organizing the safe corridor program.