Group walks to show need for school referendum in Elkhart

We've all heard the old phrase "about walking to school in a foot of snow uphill both ways."

For some students in Elkhart a small part of that story is true.

Monday students and parents walked two miles to show the need to vote yes to a referendum that would increase Elkhart Community Schools transportation budget.

About one hundred people gathered to walk from Monger Elementary on Hively to Central High School near downtown Elkhart. It's about a two mile walk.

After the transportation budget was slashed years ago middle and high school students living within two miles of their school must walk.

The group wanted to show that a two mile walk both ways in this cold weather is dangerous, especially when it’s dark in the morning and at night in the winter.

James Taylor from the “Yes for Elkhart” campaign says, “Our kids have to walk every day to and from school, two miles there and back. They actually do it when it's a little bit colder, little bit darker. It’s treacherous conditions so that’s why we wanted to walk two miles in their shoes.”

If both proposals pass it would cost taxpayers 18 cents per 100 dollars of assessed property value.

Total it’s a 23 million dollar referendum when the two proposals are combined.

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