We didn’t have school lunches in the 50’s. We walked home for lunch. Now and then we got a lunch packed, or for a very special treat, maybe once a month we were give 50 cents for a hamburger and a milk shake at the local ice cream shop. I lived about 8 blocks from school and had to cross a fairly main road with the safety patrol.
You're absolutely right! We walked to school, home for lunch, back to school and home again at the end of the day. Like you, I lived 6 blocks from school and had to cross a main road - 4 times each school day. We were 2 blocks shy of the school bus route.