Students Offer Safety Salute for Mother’s Day
COLUMBUS (Monday, May 07, 2012) – Students at Eastgate Elementary School are learning about traffic safety by discussing such topics as being extra careful around parked cars, wearing bike helmets to prevent injury and riding bikes and walking with a friend or in groups.
The school hopes to help more students adopt safe walking and bicycling practices, as well as healthier lifestyles, by incorporating walking and bicycling safety education into classroom activities.
As part of the effort, students are making Mother’s Day cards that contain a safety pledge to obey traffic laws. Students sign the pledge card, which is personalized with their photo, to show their families they care.
“These Mother’s Day cards containing student safety pledges are not only educational, they’re powerful commitments,” said ODOT District 6 Deputy Director Ferzan Ahmed. “The children promise to be extra cautious when they travel our neighborhood streets, which is reassuring for parents, especially as more children walk or bike during warmer weather.”
To further engage students in the importance of road safety, the schools are holding safety rallies. Students will also see a music video designed to improve their safety knowledge performed by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s All-Ohio Show Choir.
WHAT: Card Signing and Safety Rally
WHEN: May 8, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Columbus: Eastgate Elementary School, 1925 Stratford Way
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, there were 11,734 bicycle and pedestrian-related crashes that occurred within two miles of Ohio K-8 schools between 2008 and 2010. This resulted in 244 fatalities and 7,350 injuries.
The School Safety Pledge Program was created by ODOT to commemorate the first-ever National Bike to School Day on May 9 and to encourage Ohio’s more than 1.2 million K-8th grade school children to walk and ride bikes to school safely.