Cape Coral community members build 100 benches for school bus riders

Reporter: Anika Henanger
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Community members in Cape Coral continue to work to keep children safe, especially at bus stops. With two children killed at bus stops to begin 2019 in the city, Cape Coral community members look to bring about change and improvements to increase safety.

Organizers said volunteers worked together to to build 100 benches for school bus riders in Cape Coral Saturday.

Lowe’s Home Improvement was among businesses that helped to provide supplies, donating wood to make sure more benches can be placed at school bus stops in Cape Coral to increase safety for children.

Volunteers spent the day working on benches and handing out LED lights to families and children. The lights are very bright and can be clipped to a backpack and used during the morning hours before the sun is out to make children more visible while they wait for the bus.

The new safety changes come weeks after 8-year-old Layla Aiken was killed in a hit-and-run waiting at her bus stop.

The group, Benches For Our Babes, said they can be contacted if your child’s bus stop needs a bench. For more info., visit their Facebook page.

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