"Cape Coral Rotary and Kiwanis got approval Monday for a school bus stop bench pilot program that comes in response to the death of an 8-year-old girl who was struck by vehicle last month while waiting for her bus.
Cape Coral City Council approved the program after representatives from the clubs and Police Chief David Newlan spoke of raising funds to install 200 benches throughout the city in time for the first day of school in August.
"When this happened, we texted the chief and said we wanted to be part of the solution, but we're only one spoke in the wheel," said Rotarian Elmer Tabor. "The Kiwanis has stepped up as a partner and I can't tell you how much the community is stepping up."
More than $100,000 has been pledged for the initiative with Rotary and Kiwanis each donating $50,000.
Newlan said there have been 11 incidents involving children and school buses in the past 10 years.
There are more than 1,600 bus stops in Cape Coral alone.
Mayor Joe Coviello thanked everyone for their participation.
"You went about this the right way with the city. It's sad what happened and we need multiple levels of safety," Coviello said. "This is a great start."
"This is the best idea we've had this year. I challenge residents to put these benches together and help the Rotary," said Councilmember David Stokes.
He and his family have donated a bench."
-Cape Coral Daily Breeze
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