“In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey.”
~ Clint Eastwood
Oct. 9 was Walk to School Day.
Remember when every day was walk to school day? A special occasion – a birthday or a broken leg – might provide a “ride to school day.” Weather might get you an “E ride” ticket. Of course, it was subject to the following exclusions: Santa Ana winds, light rain, frost, foggy conditions and cold mornings. After all, didn’t our parents provide us with windbreakers, hooded raincoats and boots? Umbrellas caused teachers anxiety due to the pointed tip or ferrule – therefore their use was discouraged.
Rainy days were a child’s delight … and a teacher’s nightmare. After running and jumping into every puddle on the way to school, children arrived breathless and a little wet. Lesson plans were soon forgotten in the midst of the arduous task of “teacher assisted rain boot removal.” As the rain fell outside, the children ate, played and had a grand time in the classroom, as did the teacher … for the entire, very, very l o n g day.
The arrival time of our current storm just missed Walk to School Day. But whether wet or dry, a nice morning walk can benefit the entire class. A good transitional time between home and school is invaluable – fresh air, exercise and a time to ponder life. Once behind the desk, students settle into the tasks-at-hand: learning. Teachers greet the day with a genuine smile.
Started in 1997 as a one day event, by 2000 International Walk to School Day lasted the entire month of October. A tried and true tradition is reestablished. Steep hillsides and traffic may challenge us, but weather adds an element of fun to the day’s experience – rain or shine.
Rain falls as I conclude. Showers and isolated thunderstorms are predicted to continue into Thursday “especially in the foothills” according to the NWS … and … possible snowfall at 4,500 feet! Winds kick up as the system quickly moves east.
Upcoming we’ll find clear skies and mild temperatures with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s are expected.
Autumn days reign once again.
Sue Kilpatrick is a
Crescenta Valley resident and
Official Skywarn Spotter for the
National Weather Service. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.