Hi Readers — This is the first email I opened this morning, and the writer needs help. Can we come up with some great ideas for him beyond my blindingly obvious one: Remind the school district that walking is good for bodies, minds, souls and maybe even test scores? Hope so! — Lenore
Dear Free-Range Kids: I am a parent in a walking school district in Southern New Jersey and am interested in any help I can get from the Free-Range community. Our school district is moving toward reconfiguring our three neighborhood elementary schools, each is K-6. The proposal is to reconfigure one school to K-2, the second will be 3rd and 4th grades, and the third 5th and 6th.
I am on a committee charged with investigating this concept and so far the only real benefits seem to be for teachers and administrators. A major loss for parents and children is they will be forced to travel to schools beyond their neighborhoods, which will result in more children being driven — even those that once walked. Plus, kids will change buildings three times during their elementary experience. Can anyone give insights from personal experience regarding such a configuration, especially demonstrated educational benefits? Please?