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Safe Routes to School Educates Kids on Safe Pedestrian Behaviors

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) educational programming has taken place at Wilson Elementary School and the Youngstown Academy of Excellence educating 337 students on safe pedestrian behaviors, such as how to navigate railroad crossings, be visible to drivers, and safely cross an intersection.  Classes are taught using a large poster board depicting a neighborhood resembling the one surrounding the school.  Students use this neighborhood scene to discuss different scenarios they might encounter on their way to school and role play similar situations, such as avoiding vacant houses, using crosswalks and listening to crossing guards to safely cross the street.  Students complete activity sheets to emphasize what was discussed in the lesson.

The Walking School Bus continues to educate students on ways to cross streets, navigate roads, and utilize crossing guards on their way to school.  In November, 45 students participated in the Walking School Bus by meeting at a designated time and walking to school together safely.  Walking School Buses take place each week at Williamson, Taft, and Wilson Elementary schools.