Free range


“We certainly pioneered the idea of “free range kids. ”    We did some really insane stuff…dangerous…irresponsible.

Sarah from Syria’s store in Collegetown

It was many weeks, for example before anyone even NOTICED  that Becky Halton got on the city bus to go to school each morning and arrived home each afternoon without ever having set foot in the building.  She self-educated by riding every bus line, all day until she totally knew Ithaca geography. ” – Bill Mutch

“I remember my younger siblings riding the city bus across town alone every day to and from school. The bus drivers took good care of them” – Kathleen Halton

“2nd grade w blake smith. steve and i rode the city bus to school each day from west hill” – Peter Wetherbee

“I really did love East Hill School the way Rudy loved Notre Dame. I knew how to sneak in through open windows too!” – Blake Smith

Published by Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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