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  •  Some I walked, others I took bus (3+ / 0-)
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    elfling, JanetT in MD, coquiero

    First grade in Japan: We were living in the country in a Japanese house, with schools on the Navy base at Yokosuka. My older brother and I walked a mile or more to the bus stop. When he had band practice or other things, I just walked and took the bus myself.

    In 3rd grade I was in Garden Grove, CA, in a new and nice school. I think I walked. One of my best friends, who lived a couple blocks away, ended up being transferred/bused to another school a considerable distance away. Her parent went to the school to protest, and my Mom went with her to lend support.

    That must have pissed the district, because they ended up moving me from the new school to the distant school with my friend.

    In 4th and 5th grades in Virginia Beach, we walked to school. Must have been a mile or more, through neighborhoods.

    In Alaska in 8th and 9th grades, I was at the far limits of the walking zone, maybe a mile and a half. This was through neighborhoods and then through some woods. When we first moved up there, I thought it must be cool to live in a place that must surely have a TON of snow days! Of course, Alaska never has snow days because they plan and prepare. So, no matter the snowfall, or temps down to 30 below, we walked to school. And I'm damn glad I did. I can't believe the parents now who drive their kids even if it's a few blocks.

    Make 'em walk, I say, unless it's truly unsafe.

    (And those Alaska trudges..... Sometimes I'd be a little late for class, with the true and valid excuse: "Sorry, I had to wait for the moose to get off the trail so I could make it....")

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    by Senor Unoball on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 11:37:08 AM PDT

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