Many studies show that neighborhood schools are extremely beneficial to students and their families. After talking with several families in the area, here are some of benefits.
Instills independence. Children can walk to and from school. They do not have to wait for the bus or a parent’s ride. Being in control enables children to budget their time accordingly while not being dependent on others.
Convenient. Living right next to a school eliminates wasted time. Children do not have to wait. They simply walk to school according to their schedule. The parents don’t have to spend any time transporting before or after school. Drop off and pick up lines are notoriously long. Avoiding this time consuming process is welcomed by most parents.
Cost. The expense of driving to and from school adds up. Yearly school bus fees are also an added expense. Due to budgetary restraints, schools across the country are either eliminating bus service to reduce costs or increasing bus tuition to offset the cost. Living close to school decreases extra costs and/or the necessity of driving a child to school.
Outdoor Amenities. School grounds are loaded with perks. Playground equipment usually tops the list. Usually the school property also includes basketball courts and fields for baseball and soccer. Some may even have tennis courts or other features. Being able to walk to these areas is a plus, especially for working parents with multiple children.
Safety. Children will have less chances of encountering predators or dangerous intersections if they live close to a school. Homes that are adjacent to schoolyards usually provide a prime view of the outdoor amenities. Parents can see their children by simply looking out the window or standing in their yard.
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