Meeting for Menifee Rides Program Tonight at Wheatfield Park

There will be a meeting at Wheatfield Park tonight, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. for all those interested in p...

There will be a meeting at Wheatfield Park tonight, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m. for all those interested in participating in the Menifee Rides student transportation program.

This is a volunteer effort involving parents and other community members who are concerned about transportation to and from school for students who need a ride and don't have access to bus service. In our widespread community, some students face very long walks to school. Many have working parents who are unable to drive their own children to and from school every day.

By identifying students who need rides and residents who are able to provide transportation and/or participate in carpools, we hope to minimize the effects of the reduced bus routes this school year.

We have established a website, Facebook page and email address as resources for you to communicate with us:

Please spread the word about tonight's meeting to those who may not follow us on Menifee 24/7 or who may not have Internet access. Tell your friends and neighbors. We can't identify the needs or adequately provide assistance if we don't hear from you. If you plan to attend, please leave a comment on the website, on our Facebook page, or send us an email.

Yours truly, Doug Spoon, will be standing by the flagpole at the end of the driveway off Menifee Road in Wheatfield Park tonight at 7, wearing the cowboy hat you see here. You can't miss me. I promise the meeting will be as brief as possible. If your child needs a ride, if you can provide a ride -- if you simply care about the welfare of your students this school year --- please join us tonight.


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  1. I do not want to put a damper on anyones ideas for busing but, I'd like to suggest you pool your monies together and hire professional company to pick up the children. Your car insurance will have to be adjusted now that your transporting children, you will be responsible for their lives in your car. I had a private person transporting my children to school, and soon they decide they no longer want to get up every morning and go out of their way to pick up 'your' child, then you have to try and find yet another car pool. I'm not saying this 'can't work', I'm just saying think of other alternatives as well, how much are you willing to pay for gas, for insurance...get some estimates from private bus companies and compare...Good Luck!

  2. Anonymous 11:12:

    I appreciate your comments and I understand your concern. This is a volunteer organization and we are not in the business of fundraising to hire privates buses. And yes, I realize there is a liability issue to consider. However, I do not believe that this should be an insurance issue for the drivers. Why would this be any different than the times all of us give rides to children who are friends of our children, classmates of them, etc? Yes, we are responsible for their lives when they are in our car, just as we are for anyone we drive. That's a responsibility we all assume when we drive others. As for those who deci