Wednesday was National Walk to School and Bike to School Day, and as I arrived early to Norton Creek Elementary School in West Chicago, I noticed a beautiful fog hovering over the fields surrounding the school, which is part of St. Charles School District 303.
It was a calm before the storm as hundreds of students made their way on foot and bike with their parents to celebrate the national day. Some younger siblings were even being towed in wagons.
I walked to school until high school, when my mom had a job close to the school and would give my friends and me a ride as we listened to the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack or some very bad '90s music in the car's tape player.
Memories of my walks to grade school and junior high school were filled with laughing with my friends, crunching dead bugs under our feet during cicada season and having adventures on our way home.
– Sandy Bressner