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Kids Cross Bridge Walking to School

I ran across the craziest pictures of these Indonesian children crossing a broken suspension bridge over perilous waters while walking to school. Check out this video:


Know what I’d rather do? Walk to school uphill both ways.

Beawiharta / Reuters - from MSNBC


The children face an extra 30 minutes added to their already 3 mile walk to school if they try to use the next closest bridge. But these kids around alone: children around the world brave many challenges to get to class.

In southern Ghana, a project brought tricycles to the communities of Kodzeto and Dzenyena to help children who were walking 9 miles, round trip, to school every day. As you can imagine, so many of the children were too tired from walking that far (especially the little ones) that it affected their learning. Plan Ghana helped arrange large transport tricycles to help get the children to school every day without taxing their bodies.

In one China’s Xinjiang Uyghur region, these children walk 125 miles to school through mountains, gorges, over boulders, fording rivers. According to the translation I read, they make the journey in September and then make their way back home in June. Take a look starting at 4:50.

I even read a story where parents had to walk their children to school on the North side of St. Louis because of wild stray dog attacks.

However, in most of the U.S., fewer children walk to school than ever because we’re afraid of a 1/2 mile walk with sidewalks and crossing guards? Go us.

In New York City, more than half a million kids use regular public transportation to get to and from school. My kids walk to a bus stop where they catch a ride to school on buses provided by the school district.

Tell me, do your kids walk to school?



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  1. Erica Fehrman 01/20/2012 at 2:27 pm

    My hometown has 3 elementary schools. The school located in town mostly has walkers/cyclers, but the other 2 schools are too far in the country to walk (no sidewalks, many miles, cars driving over 50mph). I was a country kid, and we walked 250 yards down our driveway to wait for the bus.

    We are blind in our luck here.

  2. Amy Allen Johnson 01/20/2012 at 11:58 am

    Yep, a big, fat 3 minute walk up the street.. golly, makes you think after watching these ideas. One more thing to be grateful for