Hey teachers and students, learn more about transit by riding | Valley Metro
Valley Metro takes you into the community classroom

Do you want to learn more about transit and learn ways to a cleaner environment, connect local communities, and keep the economy moving? So, how can one get to learn more about it, you may ask? Well, you came to the right source. Did you know that Valley Metro offers a FREE school outreach program that will travel straight to your classroom? The school outreach program is designed to educate preschool students to high school students across the Valley. Each classroom presentation is tailored to fit the appropriate grade level. The Transit Education team covers all aspects of riding public transit, from safety to the environment in a fun and inspiring way. Is your school currently conducting online? No problem. Virtual presentations are also an option.  

But there’s so much more that they offer than presentations. I chatted with Dolores Nolan, Valley Metro’s Community Outreach Coordinator for junior high to high school students “The biggest part of our outreach is to schools – preschool, elementary, junior high, high school and beyond.  We do classroom presentations and participate in school events like vehicle or transportation days, career days, orientations, STEM nights, transition nights for special needs students, and anything new that comes up. The best part is helping see fear of the unknown replaced with confidence in riding bus and light rail.”.    

Field trip memories  

The outreach program also offers field trips. Yes, field trips are also free. Riding Valley Metro light rail and local buses for your field trip instead of riding on school buses creates a new will for many students. It’s a tremendous learning experience they’ll remember and may even use later as an adult. Not too long ago, I chaperoned my nephew’s 3rd-grade class field trip to the Great Arizona Puppet Theater. It’s one of the many popular field trip destinations easily accessible by light rail. The class was ecstatic to board the train. Once everyone was seated and the train departed in a light acceleration, all the children on board held on and together said “WHOA!”  

Interested in scheduling a field trip using light rail or local buses but unsure where to start?  We recommend contacting our field trip coordinators and they’ll do the work for you. All they need is to know where you want to go, the number of people (students and adults), date and time.   

To find out more, visit School Field Trip Request at https://www.valleymetro.org/form/school-field-trip-itinerary-request-form 

Questions? Get in touch with one of our Field Trip Planners: (602) 253-5000. Community Outreach Team: outreach@valleymetro.org  

Viviana Penaloza
Viviana Penaloza
OPERATIONS COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
This pet-lover, Viviana, is a first-generation immigrant from Michoacán, Mexico. She enjoys supporting small businesses, traveling and spending time at home with her furry friends.