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Lawrence students hit the pavement for International Walk to School Day

From left, Nancy Rothwell pushes her daughter Gladys Demby as New York student Rachel Atkins holds a sign with New York Principal Nancy DeGarmo as students and parents walked from the Boys and Girls Club on Haskell to New York School. Wednesday, Oct. 6 was International Walk to School Day.

From left, Nancy Rothwell pushes her daughter Gladys Demby as New York student Rachel Atkins holds a sign with New York Principal Nancy DeGarmo as students and parents walked from the Boys and Girls Club on Haskell to New York School. Wednesday, Oct. 6 was International Walk to School Day.

October 6, 2010

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Nicholas and Matthew Howard already know how to walk to school, look both ways before crossing the street, follow instructions from a longtime crossing guard and say hello to gym teacher Mr. Hess on their way into Quail Run School.

Students stroll to school for International Walk to School Day

Students from all over Lawrence got to school the old-fashioned way today — by walking. Enlarge video

Students and parents from New York School, along with Principal Nancy DeGarmo, walked from the Boys and Girls Club, 1520 Haskell Ave., to the school, 936 N.Y., about 7:30 a.m. as part of International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. Schools throughout the Lawrence school district participated in the event. Sunset Hill School celebrated with a complimentary breakfast.

Students and parents from New York School, along with Principal Nancy DeGarmo, walked from the Boys and Girls Club, 1520 Haskell Ave., to the school, 936 N.Y., about 7:30 a.m. as part of International Walk to School Day on Wednesday. Schools throughout the Lawrence school district participated in the event. Sunset Hill School celebrated with a complimentary breakfast.

Wearing shorts, of course. Every day.

“It’s cool,” Nicholas says.

Wednesday wouldn’t prove to be any different, as the fifth-grade twins made the familiar 0.3-mile trek to Quail Run, 1130 Inverness Drive, as part of International Walk to School Day.

Throughout the Lawrence school district and elsewhere, students, parents and others laced up shoes and set out for morning classes on foot.

At New York School, 936 N.Y., Principal Nancy DeGarmo joined dozens of walkers to school, starting from the Boys and Girls Club in eastern Lawrence.

At Sunset Hill School, 901 Schwarz Road, participants enjoyed a complimentary breakfast.

And at Quail Run, the Howard twins simply followed the sidewalk — passing underneath power distribution lines far overhead, avoiding falling walnuts from an overhanging tree, and delivering the traditional “fist bumps” with Frank Day, the crossing guard who’s been watching them cross Inverness Drive for three years now.

Day doesn’t let snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night — or anything else, for that matter — keep him from his own appointed rounds as a crossing guard, but he does admit to being a little surprised when winter rolls around and the twins are still wearing shorts.

Coats, hats, gloves and boots? Yes.

Knees covered? No way.

“I ask them, ‘When are you going to get some warm britches?’” Day says with a laugh, after standing sentry at the corner of Inverness and Winged Foot Court, his second daily shift after working at the corner of Peterson Road and Arrowhead Drive earlier. “But they’re smart kids.”

The twins’ mother is happy that her children had an opportunity to participate in yet another International Walk to School Day. She already knows what’s coming when the first snow arrives.

“They’ll be out there,” she says. “They love walking to school when it snows.”

Comments

whats_going_on 4 years, 2 months ago

everyday should be walk to school day.

We used to ride our bikes...does ANY child do that anymore? I'm going to guess not. Of course, seeing the animosity towards adult bikers in this town, I'd hate to think...

grimpeur 4 years, 2 months ago

The animosity is mostly from the fools in these forums. Yes, you get the occasional cowards on the road doing the intentional near-graze and there was even a real live deliberate attack this year. But these trash are quite rare in my experience, and I ride every day. I've ridden well over 100,000 miles in Dg Co and Lawrence, and I think it's a great place to ride, because we have good roads in the county (straight, flat, good sightlines, even the curves and hills are preceded by long straight stretches), and most drivers, like most cyclists, just want to get where they're going, and most drivers realize that cyclists are in fact not causing the problems the posters in here like to pretend about. No, most people--almost all, in fact--know that it's cars that are creating congestion and delaying traffic and causing 99.99% of the hazards out there. Some just like to pretend that cyclists are more than a negligible fraction of the truly hazardous behavior out there. That's just not true anywhere. If it were, this would be an even better place to live.

So get out and ride. And walk.

jfcm77 4 years, 2 months ago

Good to know! I was confused on the drive to work by the droves of kids and parents out walking...

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