Walk to School Day promotes safety awareness for children and parents

Students and parents gathered at Our Lady of the Perpetual Help Catholic Church to participate in the international "Walk to school" day on Wednesday. The convoy was led by Central Emergency Services fire trucks to Redoubt Elementary, about four blocks away. The purpose of the world wide event is to promote awareness and safety among pedestrians. Locally, the focus was on visibility.

"We're getting into this dark season," said Jane Fellman, Safe Kids coordinator at Central Peninsula Hospital. "We try to get people aware of the importance of being seen."

Michael Cornell walks to school every day, he was equipped with reflective material on his backpack and his flashlight that doubles as a whistle.

"It's very loud," the six-year-old said.

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities offers these safety tips:

* When walking, stop at every curb or edge.

* Always look and listen, especially while crossing. Look left; look right; then left again, before stepping past any curb or edge.

* Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.

* Always ride in the same direction as traffic.

* Know what signs say. When walking or riding, follow all traffic signs and signals.

* When riding, always stop; look left; look right; then left again before pulling out of a driveway.

Logan Tuttle can be reached at logan.tuttle@peninsulaclarion.com.

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