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St. Paul will expand busing range for all elementary schools.
A half mile is a long way to walk on cold, snowy days and even on cold, rainy days. I remember 5 blocks to my elementary school from home and 5 blocks between junior high and home. I would not want to walk more. Incidentally, back in the days when dinosaurs roamed the earth and before St. Paul Schools bused anybody, the kids who had to walk a mile were permitted to bring bag lunches to school.
@Broonie Why were kids who had to walk a mile allowed to bring bag lunches? What's the connection?
Neighborhood schools are the way to go with kids. I've volunteered at a public Jr High and some students spent about an hour busing to get to school and about an hour busing home. That's crazy. That turns 2 hours a day, 5 days a week for an entire school year into wasted time. Think of the positive things that could be happening for the kids in those 2 hours--homework, learning, playing, reading, being friends, and above all family.
michaelpatrick, spend the time with family?? You are assuming that there is a mom or dad at home. That is highly unlikely. They are both at work and have their Pilates class after or are enrolled in night school so as to earn more money and better the lives of their children...who they ignore and spend as little time with as is possible.
Even more of the issue than the distance itself is having kids walk that distance in the "promise areas". It wasn't that long ago a young girl was walking to school and was pulled into an alley and attacked. Having the buses cover that distance will increase safety of those going to neighborhood schools in more way than one.
@xyzzy72. Perhaps that was also a time before school lunches when the kids who lived closer walked home for lunch.
I grew up in a small town in Central Minnesota. I only had to walk 5 blocks to the Elementary, which was easy peasy. But, the Jr./Sr. High School was .9 miles from home one way. You had to be exactly 1 mile from the school to get picked up by bus and it cost quite a bit. Because of the cost, for 6 years, I walked a total of 1.8 miles a day, both up and down hills. I would walk in the Rain, sleet, snow, hail and below zero windchill, through snow drifts on the sidewalk that accumulated over night. No one was able to give me a ride to school. most of what I remember is being teased and bullied about walking to school and having to wear boots, mittens, scarves and hats! It was embarrasing, to say the least, but at least I was warm!
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