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Rainbow Route providing rides to Austin preschoolers

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AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -

There's a safe, alternative way to get Austin preschoolers to and from class.

The Rainbow Route program provides transportation for 3 and 4-year-olds during the school year. Several buses will be running during the morning, midday and afternoon hours. Each bus will have an adult aide on-board.

On Tuesday, there was an open house at the Community Learning Center in Austin. Families got to meet the drivers and tour one of the buses.

"Kind of feel what it's like to be on the bus before the first day of school to kind of help mitigate some of those nerves for the little kids," said Kayleen St. Louis of United Way of Mower County. "We'll have hopefully around 130 kids throughout the day getting to try out the bus."

Rainbow Route is a partnership between Southern Minnesota Area Rural Transit (SMART), Parenting Resource Center, and United Way of Mower County.

Families can sign up at their schools or at the United Way. The cost is $1 per ride. Some of the children are receiving scholarships through the United Way or their schools.

A grant from the Hormel Foundation made the program possible.

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