Lehigh Acres family spruces up bus stop ahead of school year


LEE COUNTY, Fla. — In eight days, students across Lee County will be getting ready to wait for school buses again. But many places your children wait for rides are in need of some love and attention.

That’s why one family took matters into their own hands and fixed up two benches along 23rd St. SW in Lehigh Acres.

Several of the benches along that stretch are surrounded by tall weeds and trash.

“It defeats the whole purpose if the bus stop is overgrown and you can’t get to it,” said Patti Claudio.

This week Claudio and her two daughters mowed the grass, painted the benches and added some lights to illuminate the stops before school starts next week.

“I just want a safe place for all of the kids to sit so they don’t have to go sit against the road where all of these cars are flying by,” said Delyla Loney, who’s starting 5th grade.

All of the benches in Lehigh Acres were done by private groups or individuals. SHIELD4Kids is one organization involved. There are nearly 400 benches that need to be adopted and maintained by the community, but that doesn’t always happen.


Claudio hopes her story inspires others to step up for the community.

“It’s a very small price to pay to keep our kids safe,” Claudio said.

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