Man who walks 21 miles to and from work gets help James Robertson, 56, of Detroit, walks toward Woodward Aveune in Detroit to catch his morning bus to Somerset Collection in Troy before walking to his job at Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hill (AP photos)
Man who walks 21 miles to and from work gets help
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The walking man has received a lot of attention.

Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help the man. He typically walks 21 miles every day to get to and from work.

The Detroit Free Press reports that James Robertson rides buses part of the way to and from his factory job in suburban Rochester Hills, Mich. But because they don't cover the whole route, he ends up walking about 8 miles before his shift starts at 2 p.m. He walks 13 more when it's over at 10. Lately, he's been getting occasional rides. A banker who passed him every day finally asked what he was doing. The banker offered Robertson a lift.

The newspaper wrote about the 56-year-old's situation. Then multiple people started efforts to help him buy a car and pay for insurance. Some have offered to drive him for free. Others have offered to buy or give him cars.

Robertson began making the daily trek to the factory 10 years ago. His car had stopped working. And bus service was cut back. At work, he molds parts. He's had perfect attendance for more than 12 years.

"I set our attendance standard by this man," said Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering.

Evan Leedy, a 19-year-old student at Wayne State University, read the story. He started a GoFundMe site. The goal was to raise $5,000. As of Monday evening, he had raised more than $90,000.

Robertson said he was flattered by the attention. He's also amazed strangers would step in to help.

Critical thinking challenge: What does Todd Wilson mean by this statement: "I set our attendance standard by this man."

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COMMENTS (15)
  • jordynd-Koc
    2/08/2015 - 11:39 p.m.

    When he says this he means that he expects people to show up as much as this man not only Because he's a hard worker but because he walks everyday to work becuse he doesn't have a car . I think people that work with this man & everywhere should be inspired bcause they have cars & can drive this man walks

  • rayas-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:33 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was.
    TS i made the connection about walking to get to school we the bus route is over.
    2. What is the name of the man?
    James Roberston
    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work?
    Because the bus doesn't cover the whole route to get to his job.
    4. How long has he worked at the factory?
    He has worked at the factory for more than 12 years.
    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."?
    Todd Wilson is saying that not everyone has a perfect attendance attend to work

  • jalenh-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:38 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was.
    I made a connection by me when I get up for school and i'm late I have to walk.
    2. What is the name of the man?
    James Robertson
    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work?
    He does not have transportation.
    4. How long has he worked at the factory?
    About 20 years.
    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."? He means that if he got's to walk so far he will know start a new time to work.

  • cadarig-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:38 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was. V because i can see him walking ever day to work.

    2. What is the name of the man? James Robertson.

    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work? Because his car broke down.

    4. How long has he worked at the factory? 10 years.

    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."? That he wanted to help him so he don't walk no more

  • kierras-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:42 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was.ts:my mom has to walk to work.

    2. What is the name of the man? James Robertson

    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work? He has to walk so far because he doesn't have a car and the buses got cut short.

    4. How long has he worked at the factory?12years

    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."?That he has good attendance.

  • matty-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:53 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was.that people struggle in life. tw

    2. What is the name of the man?james robertson

    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work?his car stopped working

    4. How long has he worked at the factory?12 years

    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."?so that he cant be late

  • priscillap-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:53 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was.
    One of my dads friends were making a car and it was a really nice car and it got hit by a deer so he ended up walking home for 2 hours
    text-to-self
    2. What is the name of the man?
    James Robertson
    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work?
    His car had stopped working
    4. How long has he worked at the factory?
    More than 12 years
    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."?
    I don't know

  • samm-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:55 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was.

    2. What is the name of the man?

    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work?

    4. How long has he worked at the factory?

    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."?

    1. That the guy is hard working like my mom. TS.
    2. James Robertson.
    3. Because is car broke down.
    4. Over 12 years.
    5. He wants all of his worker to work as hard as him.

  • jordanmo-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:56 a.m.

    A. Read the story Man who walks 21 miles to and from work gets help then answer the questions.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was. TT I've Ben to Detroit

    2. What is the name of the man? James Robertson

    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work? But because they don't cover the whole route, he ends up walking about 8 miles before his shift starts at 2 p.m. He walks 13 more when it's over at 10. Lately, he's been getting occasional rides.

    4. How long has he worked at the factory?

    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."? hes always present

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  • princessj-Pen
    2/09/2015 - 11:58 a.m.

    1. Name one connection you made to this text. Label the type of connection it was.
    When my mom and dads car broke i had to walk to go to school. Text to Self

    2. What is the name of the man?
    James Robertson.

    3. Why does he have to walk so far to get to work?
    Because his car broke down.

    4. How long has he worked at the factory?
    More then 12, years ago.

    5. What does the plant manager, Todd Wilson, mean when he said "I set our attendance standard by this man."?
    Like if he can get there and has to go through all of that then others should.

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