So… Elder Girleen’s elementary school is holding a Walk to School Day next month.
Well, you know. Kids don’t. Walk to school.
We don’t. Our excuse: we live 2.14 miles from school, and there’s no bus (another story). I tell myself that if we lived only a tenth of a mile from school, we would, but it’s probably best not to make judgements until I’ve walked a tenth of a mile in other folks’ moccasins.
In any case, in the service of Walk to School Day, I’ve volunteered to chaperone a Walking School Bus from a designated drop-off spot, so that kids who live too far away can experience walking to school.
Ah, modern life, that peculiar country! Where homework is called “Home Enrichment.” Where playing at a friend’s house is called a “Play Date.” Where all those things that used to just happen are now capitalized, and a parent walking a group of kids to school is called a “Walking School Bus.”
Around here, Walk to School Days are organized, in part, by a local nonprofit group, and in their organizational capacity, that group has sent us chaperones “Consent Forms” we can have parents to sign (at our discretion) should they choose to have their child walk to school.
Just to make sure we all know what’s what:
Through the requirement of parental, legal guardian, or other adult supervision along each student participant’s entire route to and from school, the Walking School Bus program hopes to reduce the risk of injury to children. However, there are risks associated with child pedestrians. The typical risks for child pedestrians include injuries caused by falls, overexertion, carelessness, contact with other participants, or, in some cases, motor vehicles.
That about sums things up, doesn’t it?