Alternative transportation gets NM school national attention

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BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – A small New Mexico school is getting national attention for being creative in getting its kids to school.

Some of the kids who go to St. Mary’s School in Belen now ride the Rail Runner. When the school was forced to cut its bus to Los Lunas, many parents had no way to get them to school so enrollment dropped significantly. So the school got creative altering its schedule to match the Rail Runner’s.

Now a bus drives a short distance to pick them up.

Parent volunteers make sure they have a Chaparone each day.

Because of its creativity St. Mary’s School has received the Innovative Marketing Project Award from the National Catholic Education Association.

“We are so excited, we are just one of many thousand Catholic schools in country,” Principal Melodie Good said. “We are only elementary west of Mississippi get any recognition.”

About 35 kids ride the bus each day. Since the change was made, enrollment jumped by 30 percent.

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