On Sunday, Sept. 11, Wilton SafeRides launched its fourth consecutive year of providing safe rides home to Wilton High School students on Friday and Saturday nights. Over 80 student volunteers and 20 adult volunteers attended a training seminar held at TrackSide Teen Center.

The volunteers heard presentations from Wilton Police Department Capt. John Lynch; Robert Storck, secretary of the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps; and Mark Ketley, TrackSide’s director. Sam Muirhead and Olivia Nickel, co-presidents of this year’s program, followed by explaining in detail the rules of SafeRides and TrackSide.

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 just needs to 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, all names and all details of the ride home are completely anonymous and remain completely anonymous.

Last year on busy nights Wilton SafeRides provided upwards of 65 rides home to Wilton High School students. Nickel and Muirhead expect another very busy year in 2016-17 for the program, which kicks off this Friday Sept 16.

This year’s program consists of eight teams with an average of 12 student volunteers per team. Each team is scheduled to work one night per month during the school year. The program is run out of TrackSide and there is a Parent Volunteer always present at TrackSide during hours of operation.

The program is made possible by the generous support of the Kiwanis Club, the Counties Assemblies, the Village Market, Fresh Green Light Driving School and Splash Car Wash.