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‘Safe Routes’ falls a step behind

April 3, 2013

FAIRMONT — For three years, volunteers with the Safe Routes to School program in Fairmont have been asking themselves the same question: How do we get more kids walking to school? It is a complicate......

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Apr-04-13 3:51 PM

We should raise taxes and we could build tunnels or a nice skywalk system. We could put some nice sitdown restaraunts in there for the kids on the way to school. We could have video game stations and TVs set up for their entertainment. We could supply ADD and ADHD medication through vending machines, and for the teens they could get their morning after pills there. Why did nobody think of this before? It isn't fair to our kids to not do this.

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Apr-04-13 11:11 AM

Some of these comments serve as a reminder of how out-of-touch some of our community members are with the schools and with the societal conditions our kids are living with. For many many students at Fairmont, their only regular meals are the meals they receive at school. In order to ride a bus to school, you have to live outside a certain radius. You cannot ride a bus if you are in reasonable walking distance. And the way that I've seen drivers drive the streets of Fairmont, there is no way I would want my kid walking without a Safe Routes volunteer. I'm so tired of the can you expect anything to succeed if there is a constant air of negativity around every single thing that people try to do for the good of others?

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Apr-03-13 9:07 AM

There are too many "helicopter parents" for this to work...

"Concerns also have been raised about whether students will get to school in time for breakfast"

And who is at fault here? The parents...

What a sick, lame, lazy society we have become.

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Apr-03-13 6:59 AM

I'm more worried about what they are learning (or not learning) in school.

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Apr-03-13 4:04 AM

There are a lot of farm kids who walk down longer driveways every day to catch the bus than the distance some town kids have to walk to school, but yet ride the school bus anyway. I know of kids who can see the school from where they live and yet ride a school bus to school. In the ten or 15 minutes they spend waiting for the school bus to pick them up, they could have walked to school. That happens a lot.

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Apr-03-13 1:16 AM

They program has obviously failed. Let it go.

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