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Honorable Mention #7

Check out Chelsea's (7th grader, Roseway Heights) excellent essay entitled, "Walking & Biking to School is Important & Fun Especially in the Rain" below. It also received an Honorable Mention from our judges.

Walking & Biking to School is Important & Fun Especially in the Rain

I think that walking and biking to school is important because it helps you stay fit and it saves gas. It also helps prevent pollution because cars are a big reason why there is so much pollution in the world. I think its fun to walk and bike in the rain because it makes you feel invigorating. It is also fun because you get wet. (I like being wet :P). It is very fun to ride with friends and/or family, which is what I do, because then you feel even better. I also believe that walking and/or riding to school will help change the community culture and create environments that are fun for people young and old. Walking and biking to school also boosts our students’ health. I think that walking is a good way for children and adults to keep in shape and be active. If you walk and/or bike to school everyday you could get healthy or fit very easily and it would boost your metabolism. If children are overweight then it could lead to a chronic illness as an adult, which is very bad. You could get some types of cancer which could lead to death. You are supposed to get at least 30-60 minutes of exercise a day depending on your age and walking and/or biking to - and most likely from- school would most likely give you that exercise you need depending on how far away you live. In conclusion I believe it is VERY FUN to walk and/or bike to school everyday.

Chelsea Houston

7th grade, Roseway Heights School