I Wish I Could Do the Walk to School Challenge

More than 2 months into the school year, I am still in awe that my daughter is in kindergarten. Finally, she’s in “big girl school,” as she likes to put it. I’m also still in awe that she rides the bus alone every morning. It is a short ride of about 5 minutes, but I never thought I’d be able to let go enough to allow her to ride the bus.

Still, between our choices of taking her to school every morning in the car or letting her ride with all the other kids who live in our apartment community, we chose the bus for several reasons:

  1. It seemed silly to drive such a short distance every day when there was another alternative
  2. We have no desire to sit in front of the school every afternoon, potentially for hours, when it’s time for pickup
  3. Letting her ride the bus is clearly the greener choice

Still, I wish we could walk her to school. First, it would force me to get some much-needed exercise. If I can’t get out of walking, I’ll have no choice, and I lost the most weight in my adult life when I was walking my daughter to preschool. But secondly, walking would give me a precious few minutes with her that are becoming fewer and further between now that she has school, homework and other activities taking up her time. But although the school is a short drive from our home, we live too far away to walk.

All of this means I can’t participate in the Green Works Walk to School Challenge, but YOU probably can. The challenge is simple. All you have to do is walk to school with your child every day, and log in to the Green Works Facebook page to record your footprints. When you do, you’ll be competing with others to win a $5000 grant for your school. You can also unlock a variety of eco-friendly goodies for your family.

I can’t think of any school that couldn’t use a $5000 grant. However, even if all you get out of it is some exercise and quality time with your family, wouldn’t that be worth it?

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox Green Works and received a $30 thank-you gift certificate.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


  1. I wish we lived close enough to the school, but it is several miles away. Your daughter looks so beautiful in that picture. I hope her health challenges are behind her now.

    1. Jennifer, we’re in a similar situation, so I know what you mean.

      And thank you for your kind words about my daughter! She is actually doing really, really well. We’re in the last phase of treatment now. That picture is about 2 months old — from the second week of school — and her hair has grown in a lot more since then 🙂

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