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4 Benefits of Being Able to Walk to School


One of the perks of living in a highly walkable neighborhood is that many of them offer elementary, middle, and high schools within walking distance. Kids are choosing to walk or bike to and from class, with groups of friends or parents. We think safety is key, and programs like Kids-Walk-To-School help to educate and organize walking groups.

If you’re considering buying a home within walking distance of a school, here are 4 benefits to consider:

  • Independence: Often times when kids walk to school, it helps improve their self-image and independence. They prove to themselves they are able to handle responsibility, and find freedom in being able to do so.
  • Interaction: When kids walk in groups together, they’re building their own community, interacting with others and making friends. These new friendships help to nurture a healthy social and emotional development.
  • Activity: Being active (such as the exercise gained from walking or biking to school) leads to better health and habits. It also increases the likelihood this active lifestyle will carry into adulthood.
  • Wonder: Spending time in nature, and getting lots of fresh air, does a wonder for the imagination. Getting to see the changing seasons up close and personal often gets kids tuned into the world around them, which can help them do better in school.

There are other added bonuses, like the green effect: how parents’ driving less reduces emissions, and when safely organized, walking to school can help foster growth and joy for a child’s community. Just don’t forget a snack and the sunscreen!

If you’re interested in finding a home within walking distance of a school, we’d love to help! There are many great neighborhoods in Nashville with high walkability ratings & new listings come available all the time. Call DeSelms Real Estate today at 615.550.5565!

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