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When we bought our townhouse 12 years ago, we had no idea how lucky we were. You know the old real estate rule: “Location, Location, Location!” As first-time home buyers with a toddler in tow, we were more concerned with “Price, Price, Price!” than anything else. We thought that we’d be here for five years, tops. Considering the quality and location of the schools that our baby would be attending someday was not on our minds when we signed the papers.
Twelve years later, we’re still here. Our family has grown (unfortunately, our 3-bedroom townhouse has not) and our “baby” is in high school. My three youngest kids are students at the elementary school across the street. Yes, I told you we got lucky. Not only does it take seven minutes for a kindergartener to walk from our front door to the front door of the school, but the school – the teachers, the administrators, the programs – are stellar.
Growing up, I took a bus to school. In my child’s mind, my school was way across town, miles and miles away. I’m sure it wasn’t that far away, but the highway that we lived on was probably a bigger obstacle to walking to school than the distance. I’ve considered our distance from school one of the biggest advantages of living here, both for time, gas, and our health. If nothing else, I know that my kids are getting exercise to and from school every day.
Rain or shine, snow or heat wave, my kids can walk to school.
I was thrilled to learn about the Green Works Walk to School Challenge, and the three younger kids and I have taken the challenge. We signed up on the Green Works Facebook page, and then every day we track the minutes we walked. We can also earn “green footprints” by doing other things like posting green living tips and taking a daily eco-quiz. You can join in the challenge, too!
From the Green Works Walk to School Challenge Facebook page:
Modeled after the UK and first brought to life in Chicago in 1997, Walk to School went international in 2001. The goal is to make permanent changes that create more walkable neighborhoods and more active communities.
Because the makers of Green Works® naturally derived cleaning products and the Sierra Club want families everywhere to commit to taking healthy, eco-friendly steps every day, we’re partnering with Walk to School to help make walking a movement.
Here’s the challenge: Get your family moving this October, and every step you take will count as Green Footprints for your school. The makers of Green Works® naturally derived cleaning products will award the schools with the most Green Footprints with a $5,000 Green Grant to use towards an eco-upgrade.
Are you ready to take the challenge?
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox Green Works and received a thank-you gift certificate.
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