Unfortunately, I can say that I have never walked to school. Our house was always out of walking distance. I did, however, walk home from school once in knee high water when the entire area flooded….not fun. But, I always did envy the kids that got to walk home with their parents and I wish I could share that with my own daughters. But again, it is just not possible.
I definitely see the value in walking to school not only for needed exercise but great quality time with your children. I try to replicate that experience with my girls by turning off the radio on our morning drive and using the ten minute drive to talk about the upcoming day’s activities or whatever the mood brings.
Through the month of October, Green Works wants to encourage you to take the Walk to School Challenge with your children not only to spend precious minutes together, but to benefit your school as well! Sign up on the Green Works Facebook page, log your footsteps and compete against other schools for the chance to win the $5,000 Green Grant! Your child can also win individual prizes for logging their walking or bicycling distances.
Spread the word around your school, get outside and start walking! Good Luck!