A different program is encouraging Albuquerque kids to walk to school instead of taking the bus.

Alamosa Elementary School launched the “Walking School Bus” program.

Students meet staff, parents and volunteers at designated bus stops and then walk to school together.

The ideas started after some parents had issues getting their kids to school and didn’t want them walking there by themselves.

Lavaland Elementary School used the program last year and saw a 20-percent decrease in student tardiness.