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Parent feedback is needed for bench pilot program

Parent feedback is needed as part of bench pilot program
Posted at 7:23 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 19:23:07-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A push to ask for your opinion on whether adding benches to school bus stops is making your kids safer.

It's part of a bus stop benches pilot program that launched after two young girls were killed in Lee County near their bus stops.

This program is part of the Safe Zone Project spearheaded by the Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club, along with the City of Cape Coral and the Lee County School District.

Two hundred benches were installed throughout Cape Coral as part of this program and now officials want to know if parents believe they are keeping kids safer.

On Sunday the Lee County School District sent out 8,000 surveys to families in Cape Coral asking for their feedback.

"Is your child using the bench, are you waiting at the bus stop with them, does it make you feel safer or does it really not make a difference? Those are the questions we are asking," said Rob Spicker, Lee County School District.

School officials say the data collected from the surveys will be given to the City of Cape Coral who will decide what happens next with the bench program.

"Our interest, while the bus stops are safe, is to find ways that they can be even more safe," said Spicker.

Families who received this survey via email are asked to submit them by this Friday.