Walk to school week

@Anne18 (11034)
October 1, 2008 3:45pm CST
Do your children have a "walk to school week"? The aim is to leave the car at home and walk to school as so many people take there children to school in the car these days! They say that if you do live too far away from the school to leave the car at home then drive half way to the school and then walk the rest of the way! We live so near to the school we walk every day as we are able to walk through pathways where cars can't go. So in fact if we used the car to take the children to school in would in fact take twice as long to get to school.
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• Ireland
2 Oct 08
We never had a "walk to school week" when my children were at school. I don't think it would have been practical to have one as we and a lot of the other children lived in the middle of the countryside. The school was situated on a main busy country road and their was so much traffic that it would have been too dangerous to walk along the road. I think though that it a great idea for people who live in the city.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
2 Oct 08
I don't have kids but, when I was as kid, I walked to school unless the weather was really bad. I lived in Ohio and about a mile and a half or more from my elementary school and about 3 miles, or more, away from my high school. I think I lived about a mile away from my junior high too. As long as it wasn't too cold and the snow wasn't too deep in the winter, I walked. And, in the fall and spring, as long as it wasn't raining too hard, I walked. But, these days, parents are clogging up rush hour traffic in my area because they can't let their kids walk to school. I can understand it a little in my area right now because the road that the schools in my area is off of is a highway and there isn't a sidewalk...yet. They are redoing that road now and they have added sidewalks so, that will relieve that problem but, I have a feeling that most parents will chose to take their kids to school as opposed to letting them walk to school. Heaven forbid their kids get a little exercise and relieve the heavy rush hour traffic a little. Sorry! I am very opinionated about this subject. LOL!
• India
2 Oct 08
When I was small boy, my dad used to drop me and my sister off at school. On a scooter. But he never picked us up. We were put into the habit of walking back home after school. Sometimes, he used to pick us up, but I loved the days when he didn't. The route back home was a very colorful picture. The route passed through a market, which had groceries stores, some toys shop, clothes, some small restaurants etc. It used to be such a wonderful site seeing all those people working and the pleasant smell of fresh vegetables, and not to mention the mouth watering smell of some savories made in the restaurants. But some years later on, I changed school as we had to shift to some other place. Then I would bicycle my way to school and back home. It was a good thing because it kinda made me strong. And I feel that most of the kids now should do that. I find people, parents especially, trying to make sure that their kids are not tired when the come back home so that they can study and score top marks. bourne
@my2boys (821)
• United States
2 Oct 08
My sons school is about 6 miles away from my house. Which is way too far to try and walk with a 4 year old and a one month old. If his school were closer though i would walk him to school. I love taking walks.
• United States
2 Oct 08
I normally get a ride to school but i walk home after school. It's pretty healthly and i feel much better after walking home on a nice day ^^
• China
2 Oct 08
I hold on this point,the children should walk to school if live near the school,it will do good to their healthy in this way,the best way for student to school is they go to school together with their classmate,not only they will be goodfriend,but also make their school more interesting
• India
2 Oct 08
I think it is a great idea. It is good for health, and it saves gas and money too. :) Moreover, it gives you a great opportunity to socialize as you walk along. Here, not many people have cars, and many live very far from the school. So they usually take the public bus or a few of them get together and hire a three wheeler. Cheers and happy mylotting
@winterose (39914)
• Canada
2 Oct 08
no not hear the walk would be too far and too dangerous for little ones,
@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
2 Oct 08
I always walk my daughter to school. now she is looking after my grand children and does the same as l did with her.She is a good mother to '' cd
• Canada
1 Oct 08
When I was a child the school was only a few blocks from our house, and there was even a short cut (down the street, up a walk way between two houses, down a hill, into the building). It was extremely easy to walk to and from school, and not necessary to drive unless it was really pouring, or something.
@Humbug25 (12551)
1 Oct 08
Hi Anne18 We have walk to school quite often actually. It takes me about 15-20 mins to walk the kids to school so I only take them in the car if it is raining or if I have to go straight from the school to the supermarket. I prefer to walk the boys to school because it seems to wake them up and get them ready for the day but they would be soaked to the skin if we walked there in the rain!
• United States
1 Oct 08
I walked my son to school once and it was a long walk. It took about 40 minutes. I have been thinking about taking them to school on my bike. Last year I drove my son to and from school every day and it cost me an extra tank of gas a week. It has a way of adding up fast.