This past Sunday, Sept. 10Wilton SafeRides launched its fifth consecutive year of providing safe rides home to Wilton students on Friday and Saturday nights. The organization conducted its orientation training at Trackside Teen Center, where it bases its weekly service.

Wilton SafeRides provides free and safe rides home to all Wilton High School students on non-holiday weekends during the school year. Any student needing a ride home in Wilton on weekend nights between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. can call 203.834.CARE and Wilton SafeRides will be there. The program is run completely by Wilton High School students for the benefit of Wilton High School students. All calls, names and details of the ride home are completely anonymous and remain completely anonymous.

This year the organization has 122 students who have signed up to provide a safe ride home to their fellow students during the upcoming school year, a record number of student volunteers, which corresponds to a record number of safe rides provided last year. During Homecoming last year, SafeRides delivered over 100 safe rides home to students from Wilton High School, the highest call volume for the group, and organizers say they are very proud of the number.

The student-led group is run through a Student Board, headed up by seniors Johnny Maggio and Eva Greco, and members Liz Costello, Maddie Burke, Taylor Burke, Bridgette Wall, Tommy Garvey and Finn Maloney. They are aided by parent co-coordinators Mike Safko and Lisa Schneider.

Sunday’s orientation featured two speakers–the Wilton Police Department‘s Sgt. David Hartman, a graduate of WHS and lifelong resident of Wilton, and John Meyers, secretary of the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

SafeRides is sponsored by the Village Market, Fresh Green Light, Splash Car Wash and the Kiwanis Club of Wilton.