walk in their shoes
The week of Jan. 31, 2022, members of our community organized "Walk in their shoes" events. These events highlighted the route many students who lack transportation and who live within the 2.5 mile threshhold for busing would take to get to school. You can see videos, pictures, and reports from these events below.
Special thank you to Jerry Jost and Molly Adams for documenting the walks, as well as the many organizers and walkers including School Board Member Carole Cadue-Blackwood and Boundary Advisory Committee Member GR Gordon Ross.

Walk in their Shoes: Schwegler to Broken Arrow

45 minutes. 1.92 miles. 55 degrees.

Students, parents, and community members walked from Schwegler Elementary to Broken Arrow Elementary on Monday, January 31, 2022. They encountered high-traffic areas, a lack of a designated cross-walk at some intersections, and other hazards.

Walk in their Shoes: Central to Woodlawn

42 minutes. 1.76 miles. 14 degrees.

This walk was organized by teacher Brandon Daley, separate from our SOS 497 organized walks. But, we're presenting the information here as it is relevant and paraphrasing the biggest takeaways:

Walk in their Shoes: New York to Pinckney

40 minutes. 1.4 miles. 38 degrees.

The route was chosen based on the mapped “safe routes to school”  and with the intent of staying in East Lawrence as long as possible.  There are alternate routes that could have been taken.  The intersections of 6th & Mass and 6th and Vermont were scary on a Sunday morning. I can only imagine what it’s like on a weekday morning. We ended up adjusting to cross Connecticut on 7th instead of 8th because it’s safer there. This is the route week took:
Crossing 6th street seemed too busy for littles. Some of the brick sidewalks hadn’t been cleared off  and were icy, bet they were even worse a couple days ago, some parts were muddy. Lots of turns for a little kid to keep track of. Takes a long time to walk.  
I would never let my elementary aged child walk that far. They will need to change their mileage requirements for busing if any of these proposed closings take place.
If we had been out at 7 a.m., it would have been closer to the 20 degree low today. We had gradeschoolers with us to keep us accountable for pace.

The Boundary Advisory Committee meeting it was calculated a child should be able to walk 2.5 miles in around 35 minutes. Adults, can YOU walk 2.5 miles in 35 minutes? Carrying your backpack? On an empty stomach because you depend on your school to provide breakfast?

And certainly the traffic on a Sunday at 10 a.m. is not the same as a weekday morning, with everyone rushing to work. Some kids would be expected to walk a mile further than we walked today, as the district is not obligated to bus any children less than 2.5 miles from their school. Does that seem reasonable to YOU? Save our schools!


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